Metro West

Chase Woodlands


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.


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


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.

Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Directions & Contact Info

Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points North: I-95/Rt. 128 South, take Exit 37A 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 31B to Rt. 109 West. Turn right at Dover Rd. Continue onto Powisset St., then turn right onto Walpole St. At stop light, go straight on to 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

There is a trail map posted on a kiosk in the parking area.

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

  • Authorized seasonal bow hunting is allowed on this reservation with written permission for a limited number of hunters through a deer management program administered by The Trustees. Per MassWildlife regulations, hunting is permitted from the first Monday in 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 and requirements. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties. Any questions may be directed to The Trustees at
  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Horseback riding is permitted but no trailer parking is available.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Contributing Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property. Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
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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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