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Layered in history and geological significance, Beebe Woods offers 400 acres of expansive hiking trails bordered by the pastures of Peterson Farm and the ornate chimney-studded Highfield Hall in Falmouth.
Winding along a glacial moraine under oak, beech, and pine trees, the path reveals the stone walls built by the Beebes for their carriage trails from their two estates, Tanglewood and Highfield Hall, the later beautifully preserved and surrounded with attractive gardens. Even older stone walls delineated by boundary lines of Falmouth’s earlier residents wind their ways through the trees, reminders of Falmouth’s pastural past.
Ponds such as Icehouse and the Punch Bowl greet hikers trailside and offer a picturesque place to sit and contemplate before resuming their trek over the hills dotted with massive boulders deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago.
Ample parking by the Cape Cod Conservatory offers easy access to the well-defined trails. The woods came close to becoming a housing development before being purchased at the last minute by Joseph K. Lilly and gifted to the town. These beautiful woods are close to downtown Falmouth with easy access at multiple entrances and easily take top spot as the Best Conservation Land on the Upper Cape.