Willow Pond Trail
Distance - 2.0 mi.
Willow Pond is one of the most diverse and comprehensive trails on Cumberland. Winding through a plethora of different habitats, this trail is a wonderful 2-mile route beginning on the Main Road and ending at one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the island! The entrance is just north of the wilderness border 4.9 miles north of Sea Camp and 1.6 miles south of Plum Orchard. If you are biking up to Plum, consider allocating enough time to complete this hike! Walking in, you quickly come across an extensive boardwalk. This boardwalk is 1000 feet long and runs through Willow Pond. This is one of the prime spots to view gators and other swamp wildlife. 0.5 miles in and just after the end of the boardwalk, Yankee Paradise Trail branches off heading north. 0.2 miles later, you will encounter Parallel trail splitting off to the south near Hickory Hill Campsite. For campers staying at Yankee or Hickory Hill backcountry campsites, this is part of an exciting network of trails in your vicinity. From here, the trail winds through a variety of different habitats including an open pine forest and grassy marsh. As the trail progressively gets more grassy before it transitions into the dune habitat, make sure and take advantage of the multiple bird watching viewing points. When you approach the dunes, it’s a straight shot to the beach.