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Chase Woodlands

Dover

85 acres

Chase Woodlands

Meandering trails lead through a forest of pine, beech, and hemlock, a landscape that was once a family’s cherished preserve.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

The network of gently sloping paths at Chase Woodlands winds for more than two miles through groves of white pine, beech, hemlock, and yellow birch. As in most of Massachusetts, this woodland consists of second- and third-growth trees, the original virgin forests having been felled to clear land for agriculture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Stone walls traverse the woods and mark former farm fields, and an open understory makes exploring easy for kids.

Ideas for Your Visit

Two and a half miles of easy trails pass through the property. Look for a trail extension that links Chase Woodlands to Peters Reservation via a road crossing on Farm Street. The regional Charles River Link Trail also passes through this reservation.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Directions

Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points North: I-95/Rt. 128 South, take Exit 21A to Rt. 16 East. Follow left turns for Rt. 16 East. After approx. 5 mi., turn left at Pleasant St. Take 2nd right onto Glen St. for 2.4 mi., then right at Farm St. Follow to entrance and parking on left.

From Points South: I-95/Rt. 128 North, take Exit 16B onto Rt. 109 West for 1 mi. Turn right at Dover Rd. Continue onto Powisset St., then onto Walpole St., and onto Springdale Ave. After 1 mi., turn left at Farm St. to entrance and parking on left.

This parking area serves Chase Woodlands and Peters Reservation. Strict 4-car parking limit. On-street parking is not permitted in Dover. If lot is full, please come back at another time or visit a nearby reservation.

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Note: Red trail round trip is 1.5 miles

Regulations & Advisories

  • In cooperation with the Town of Dover, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors.  Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Horseback riding is permitted but no trailer parking is available.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full photo and video policy here.
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History

The original forest on this landscape was felled to clear land for agriculture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In the 1950s, the Chase family purchased this scenic woodland near the banks of the Charles River and acted for many years as its stewards.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift, with endowment, of Theodore and Dorothea Chase in 1993. Additional land given by Brook Run Development in 1996.

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