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South of Boston

Copicut Woods

Fall River

516 acres

Shady trails

With upland forests and remnants of a vibrant agricultural past, the gateway to the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve is a destination to remember.

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

Overview

Copicut Woods features a variety of natural communities, vernal pools, an abandoned farm settlement, and the nearly mile-long Miller Lane, a 150-year-old stone-wall-lined scenic cart path.

Nearby, the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve—established in 2002 and now one of the largest protected lands in the state—sustains the native biodiversity of this region, from the dominant white pine-oak forest to the rare Atlantic white cedar swamps, from the nearly 100 species of birds to the endangered four-toed salamander, and protects drinking water for more than 100,000 people. The landscape also has a rich cultural history and provides a range of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.

Ideas for Your Visit

Enjoy a secluded picnic in a traditional timber frame shed before exploring along the Meadhowhawk and Soggy Bottom Trails.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all

 

Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Directions

Indian Town Rd.
Fall River, MA 02790
Telephone: 508.636.4693
E-mail: southcoast@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points North and West: I-195 to Exit 9 (Sanford Rd.) and turn left. Road bears right and becomes Old Bedford Rd. Next, take left onto Blossom Rd.; follow 1.3 miles. Bear right onto Indian Town Rd.; follow for
1.7 miles to parking area (12 cars) on left; roadside parking also available.

From Points East: I-195 to Exit 10, Rt. 88 South. Take first exit for Rt. 6 West. At first traffic light, turn right onto Sanford Rd. Follow under highway; continue as described above.

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.

There are 5.4 miles of trail at Copicut Woods, including the few segments of trail on the adjoining conservation land (Miller Brook).

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Hunting is allowed west of Yellow Hill Road in season. Hunting is also permitted on adjacent Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Land.
  • Motor bikes are not permitted at Copicut Woods.
  • Please note that many nearby city roads are not maintained and can be difficult to travel without a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Additionally, cell service can be limited in this area and many GPS navigation tools will direct travelers down these unmaintained roads. Please follow the driving directions shown here on our website and print out a map.
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History

Property Acquisition History
Purchased from the Richard G. Hawes family, owners of Acushnet Saw Mills, in 2002 as part of a 3,800-acre Bioreserve acquisition involving state and municipal partners. Endowment was provided by generous gift of Cynthia Hawes Ritter, Mary Ellen Hawes Lees, and Peter J. Hawes.

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A walk through Copicut is therapeutic for the body and soul.

Mannydejesus, Trip Advisor

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