The Cornelia Carey Sanctuary—known to locals as The Knob—is a salt pond and bird sanctuary tucked away on a quiet peninsula on the coast of Massachusetts’ Quissett Harbor. This picturesque land preserve offers travelers the perfect escape from crowds typical of the Cape, thanks to a scenic network of hiking trails and walking paths. Visitors can wander through marshlands, forests and rocky shorelines where dozens of species of birds perch among the trees.
Locals suggest packing a swimsuit (in addition to the requisite camera) since the calm waters that greet travelers at the end of winding hiking trails are perfect for taking a dip. Scenic viewpoints and quiet overlooks offer ideal stops for relaxing picnic lunches and quiet sunsets, making Cornelia Carey Sanctuary the perfect place to spend a day at the Cape.
The Knob is located between New Bedford and the Elizabeth Islands in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The park closes at dusk and dogs are welcome, although parking is limited.