South of Boston

Cornell Farm


130 acres

Salt marsh at Cornell Farm

Roam through a small woodland before emerging at the edge of a serene salt marsh near the head of the tidal Little River.


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


A family agricultural enterprise for five generations, this 130-acre property is among a cluster of historic salt farms that have earned treasured status along Buzzards Bay and the South Coast. The Trustees, in concert with our partner the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, has preserved Cornell for the community and general public.

Ideas for Your Visit

Wander past the fields (and watch for butterflies and multiple bird species) and enter a beautiful oak-holly forest. Look up to the sky and see a forest canopy dominated by oaks; underneath, the forest is full of American holly. Look beyond and you may even glimpse a deer at the woodland edge.

Cornell Farm’s trails connect to adjacent open space, offering opportunities to continue your hike.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all

Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Directions & Contact Info

520 Smith Neck Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748
Tel: 508.636.4693

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-195 Exit 12, travel south on Faunce Corner Mall Rd. to Rt. 6. Take a left onto Rt. 6 East, then first right onto Tucker Rd. Travel 3 mi. to intersection with Russell Mills Rd. Continue straight onto Bakerville Rd. and follow to end. Turn left onto Rock O’Dundee Rd. Follow to end. Turn right onto Smith Neck Road. Cornell Farm parking is 500 yards ahead on the right.

Property Map

There is a trail map posted at a kiosk in the parking area. We encourage you to take a picture of the map before you head out.

You can also download the trail map to your phone.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times. Please be respectful of neighboring properties and ensure that dogs stay on marked trails.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • Please respect on-going agricultural activities at this property and adjacent farms.
  • 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
  • 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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A quaint farm in the middle of heaven If you want the feel of a true New England farmland with sweeping views and nature trails, this one is for you and right near the cutest ice cream shop ever.

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