Cape Cod Walking Tours

Railway Ecosystems

Railway to a Unique Ecosystem

The Old Colony Nature Pathway is full of surprises

Tour Description

See nature in action while learning about birds, blooming swamp azaleas and the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.
Biologist, educator and writer Dennis Minsky will lead an exploration of the diverse plants and animals on Old Colony Nature Pathway (which the Cape Cod 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.

Pricing and Reservations

  • Adults $20
  • Children under 12 $10


  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

60-75 minutes

About one mile

Packed sand forest area, some soft sand, brush.

All ages, though please note the walking distance.

Leashed dogs are allowed.

The trail head on Snail Road in Provincetown. Wear sturdy shoes. Drinking water is recommended.

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.

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