Nauset Marsh South from Hemenway Rd; Inlet Marsh, Eastham
Directions to the Launch: From the Orleans rotary, take Rt. 6 north 1.8 m and turn right onto Hemenway Rd. After 0.3 m you will come to the parking area and the town landing.
This trip is about five miles long. The trip begins by bearing right from the launch. Paddle south along the channel called Skiff Hill Creek. After ½ mile, Fort Hill is on the right. Continuing another ¼ mile, cross the inlet to Town Cove and the area called Inlet Marsh. Until a few years ago this area was the center of the harbor. However, the entrance from the Atlantic Ocean to Nauset Marsh is now two miles to the north of its previous location, so this area has fewer boats. It also makes most maps in kayaking guide books sadly out of date.
Continuing south for another mile and a quarter, you reach the southern end of Nauset Marsh. Twenty years ago, this was the entrance to the marsh from the Atlantic Ocean, and is still shown as such on the National Seashore maps at Coast Guard Beach and the Marconi Station.
Stop here for lunch, and walk 100 feet across the dune to view the Atlantic Ocean whose breakers can be heard from Nauset Marsh.