Railway to a Unique Ecosystem

The Old Colony Nature Pathway is full of surprises

See nature in action while learning about birds, blooming swamp azaleas and the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.


The trail head on Snail Road in Provincetown


Biologist, educator and writer Dennis Minsky will lead an exploration of the diverse plants and animals on Old Colony Nature Pathway (which the railroad once ran through), Whistle Path Woods, Fox Run and Dwyer Family Woodlands, many of which change with the season. See nature in action while learning about birds, blooming swamp azaleas and the unique Atlantic White Cedar Swamp at Fox Run. 

Walking distance: About one mile. Wear sturdy shoes. Drinking water is recommended.

Terrain: Packed sand forest area, some soft sand, brush.

Ages: All, children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pets: Dogs are permitted but must remain on a 6-foot leash.

About Dennis Minsky

A Provincetown resident since 1968, biologist Dennis Minsky began his career as a Cape Cod National Seashore field biologist in 1974, where he helped start a seabird nesting protection program. In 1985 he created an environmental studies program for middle schoolers that emphasized the Hudson River ecosystem, a program he continued for 20 years. Minsky has been a naturalist with the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies since 1995, educating people about whales and the ocean’s ecosystem. He is an expert birder and a regular columnist for the Provincetown Independent.


  • Guide Gratuity $0.00


Meet at the trail head on Snail Road in Provincetown, about half way between Route 6 and Commercial Street in Provincetown. Guide will wear and orange shirt. Gratuities are appreciated.