Brewster Wing Island

About Brewster Wing Island

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Wing Island is located at the northwest corner of Brewster. It is accessed via a trail leading behind the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History at 869 Main Street (MA-6A). Note that there is no public parking at the museum; please park a bit further west at Drummer Boy Park. The trail across the marsh floods at high tide, so check the tide chart at the kiosk behind the museum.

This is truly a microcosm of the Cape’s landscape. The tidal flats and creeks are home to a variety of fish, crabs, shellfish, worms, horseshoe crabs, and snails as well as many seaside plants, grasses, and trees. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History also gives guided nature walks and programs on Wing Island.

The town-owned property extends from Paines Creek on the east to Quivett Creek on the west, and up to the uplands to the south. Please respect marked trails and do not disturb wildlife or plants while visiting. If you bring a dog, please keep it leashed and away from any marked bird nesting areas.

This property consists of 122.1 acres, including 11.9 acres of Cape Cod Bay beach, 32.5 acres of uplands, and 77.7 acres of tidal saltwater marshland. Wing’s Island is now under the direct management authority of the Town of Brewster Board of Selectmen. The Town of Brewster acquired the Wing’s Island property through a series of purchases from private owners. The total area of the acquired properties is 122.1 acres.

Notable Trails

John Wing Trail (1.3 miles) passes through the coastal pitch pine woodlands, across a salt marsh, to Wing’s Island and finally descends through a salt marsh swale to the barrier beach and tidal pools of Cape Cod Bay.

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Brewster Wing Island.


  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Brewster Wing Island brochure

Last updated August 12, 2023

Brewster Conservation Trust