Beach Trail

.6 Miles one way

Start your beach trail hike at the visitor center. Stop inside and pick up a map if you like, then proceed west along the shell road.  The trail leads to a pavilion, observation tower, and ultimately the beach. The photos below will help you orient yourself to these landmarks.

  • Watch for bluebirds, swallows, and warblers crossing the path
  • Stop by White Blind to view waterfowl on Lake Knapp.  Note the osprey platform to the left of the blind
  • Continue to the pavilion and bear left onto the boardwalk
  • At the observation tower overlooking Kent Narrows, there is a fork in the board walk
    • The right fork leads to a salt panne – a depression in the salt marsh where small fish and plankton reside
    • The left fork leads to the beach.  
  • Look for foxes, crabs, and water snakes
  • This is a great spot for picnicking, or combing for bay critters

Stroller accessible (however, the board walk does not go all the way to the water)

Beach Trail Amenities

Near the beach there are several amenities to help you enjoy your time at CBEC.  Pictured below, they include:

  • A pavilion with picnic tables
  • A foot washing station
  • Port-a-pots.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Beach Trail Admission Fees

No admission fees are charged for hiking on your own. Your donations are appreciated and will help us to maintain the trails. You may register for a Guided Hike of the property for a small fee (members may come along without charge).

Preschool kid at the beach

Use Your Cell Phone  to Learn More

QR codes are posted on signs. Use a BarCode Scanner App to read the QR codes for a link to more information.

Beach Trail


Hummock Loop

Lake Trail

Marshy Creek Trail

Owl Alley


Piney Point

South Meadow Trail

Visitors Center

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