On this day of extremely low tides (spring tides) three of the 4 major intertidal zones will be revealed with a possibility of a glimpse at the lowest zones. Each rock at the north end of Marshall Beach serves as a miniature ecological classroom for rocky intertidal zonation. Two or three prominent rocks that illustrate some of the major principles of rocky intertidal zonation will be selected. After this, within a designated safe area, you can explore the rocky intertidal to see what discoveries and surprises await you.
The landscape of the Battery to Bluffs Trail speaks to one’s natural history awareness on many levels: The coastal strand ecosystem in the fall, tectonic geology with magnificent serpentinite outcrops, and beautiful Marshall’s Beach that will allow one to glimpse at the intertidal and excellent beach combing.
This walk includes a descent down the Battery to Bluffs Trail to Marshall’s Beach and back up. Elevation change will be between 300 and 400 feet with a total distance of approximately 4 miles. The stairs down to Marshall’s Beach are quite steep just before entering the beach.