A 3-mile round trip, the route first wanders through a large grove of cedar, pine and oak. Beyond, rolling countryside awaits along with a mid-trail bench serving as a convenient pit stop to rest and enjoy the scenery. Don't forget to take a detour at the second stop sign to the Doane Memorial, a monument to Deacon John Doane. Right on the marsh, that site marks his 1644 homestead.
Back on the paved path, prepare to cross a wooden bridge which spans the marsh flowing into Salt Pond. This bridge was damaged by winter storms in 2009 and subsequently rebuilt during mid-2010. It is now vastly improved. A short distance up the hill is the old Coast Guard Station, overlooking Coast Guard Beach. The beach itself is a sprawling and beautiful site, with waves breaking as far as the eye can see in both directions. At times the surf can reach head high to overhead (6-8 foot) during a nor'easter or hurricane swell. Also, be sure to scan the shoreline for surfers who often share these water with curious harbor seals.