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Pioneer Valley

Land of Providence

Holyoke

25 acres

Through the generosity of a religious order long committed to Holyoke, everyone can now experience a unique floodplain forest and a riverside working farm with strong ties to urban residents.

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

Overview

A fertile, 25-acre oasis generously donated by the Sisters of Providence, Land of Providence provides farmland to Trustees partner Nuestras Raices (“Our Roots”), a local nonprofit organization that promotes urban agriculture and cultural pride among immigrant populations. Dozens of local residents, from master farmers to youth groups, farm the land and raise livestock—not only feeding their families but providing fresh, local food to the community as well.

Ideas for Your Visit

Picnic alongside the Connecticut River, learn about community farming, and explore the crucial relationships that bind people and place—along with some memorable views.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Directions

Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01330
Telephone: 413.213.4751
pvregion@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

Directions to Main Parking Lot

From I-91: Take Exit 14 and proceed downhill towards the Mass Pike, but instead of turning into the Mass Pike entrance, drive straight onto the ramp for Route 5 North, Riverdale Street , Holyoke. Once on Route 5 you will go through three lights. The Land of Providence entrance is 0.4 miles from the first traffic light at the intersection of Route 5 with Highland Avenue and Marion Street. At the third traffic light, signal and move into the right lane and turn sharply before the sign for Land of Providence into the entrance and parking area.

From I-90: Take Exit 4. Pass through the toll and immediately exit right onto the ramp for Route 5 North, Riverdale Street, Holyoke. Once on Route 5, follow the directions for I-91, above.

From Route 5 Northbound: Land of Providence is on the divided section of Route 5 directly across from Providence Behavioral Hospital. The entrance is 0.4 miles from the light at Highland Avenue (the left turn for Holyoke Mall). After that intersection, follow the directions for I-91, above.

From Route 5 Southbound: Land of Providence is on the divided section of Route 5 directly across from Providence Behavioral Hospital. You need to travel past the Hospital and make a U-turn at the light at Highland Avenue. After the U-turn, you will go through two traffic lights. After the second, signal and move into the right lane and turn sharply before the sign for Land of Providence into the entrance and parking area.

Public Transportation: PVTA Red 25. There is currently no bus that goes directly to Land of Providence. However, you can take the Red 25 PVTA bus to Providence Hospital. Land of Providence is a half-mile walk down the hill and then north along Route 5/Main St. The entrance to Land of Providence will be on your right.

Directions to Jones Ferry Parking Lot

The Jones Ferry Road parking lot is located on Jones Ferry Road off of Main Street in Holyoke. To access Land of Providence, park in the lot and walk through the Nuestras Raices farm and over the footbridge.

From I-90: Take Exit #4 (West Springfield/I-91 exit). After passing through the toll booth, bear right to the Rt. 5 exit. Merge onto Rt. 5 North (Riverdale St./Holyoke). Follow Riverdale Street for about 8/10 of a mile. You will come to a traffic light and a fork in the road. Bear right at the fork onto Main Street. There will be signs directing you to Rts. 116 and 202 and Holyoke Center. Take the first right onto Jones Ferry Road. There will be a sign for a community garden at the entrance to the road. Turn left into the parking lot.

From I-91: Take Exit #14 (Mass Pike). Stay on the left side of the exit ramp and follow the signs for Rt. 5 Riverdale Street. Take the Rt. 5 North (Riverdale St./Holyoke) exit then follow the directions for I-90 (above).

Mapping online: 8 Oscar Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. Please note that Oscar Street is actually the parking lot itself with access from Jones Ferry Road. The Land of Providence Reservation is located along the intersection of Main Street and Route 5 and does not have a street number. To access Land of Providence, walk through the Nuestras Raices farm and over the footbridge.

Facilities

Public restrooms (open seasonally) nearby only!

Property Map

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.

Regulations & Advisories

To help protect this unique resource, we ask that you please comply with the following regulations:

  • Please respect the tranquility of Land of Providence for everyone’s enjoyment of their visit here.
  • Land of Providence is open from April 1 – November 30, daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • Please stay on the marked trail and away from parking agricultural areas, farm equipment, and tool storage areas.
  • Food grown on the farm is the property of the farmers, who sell it for their livelihood. You’re welcome to purchase produce at the farm store.
  • The following are prohibited at Land of Providence:
    • Littering, dumping, or other trash disposal
    • Unauthorized vehicles (including bikes)
    • Unauthorized fires, camping, or hunting
    • Pets
  • There is no river access at Land of Providence. The river banks are quite steep and are managed as an important ecological landscape (floodplain forest), which is highly susceptible to erosion. Please access the river for fishing, boating, and swimming through the Jones Ferry River Access Center (25 Jones Ferry Rd, Holyoke).
Before Setting Out
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History

Property Acquisition History
Gift from the Sisters of Providence in 2009.

The View From Here
See What People Say

A beautiful high terrace floodplain forest along the Connecticut River in Holyoke. Mowed trails lead to gardens, river overlooks, benches, and shade tents with picnic tables. Information signs and kiosk. Nice place to see wildflowers and cliff side views of the river.

Mibble, Google Review

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