Metro Boston

Leatherbee Woods

West Roxbury

8 acres

An Urban Wild, this access-restricted property includes a parcel of Red Maple Swamp.


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  • Overview
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • Regulations & Advisories


Leatherbee Woods is an Urban Wild, maintained for the permanent public benefit by The Trustees, which includes a parcel of Red Maple Swamp adjacent to and contiguous with the swamps of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Hancock Woods Reservation and Brookline’s Hoar Wildlife Sanctuary. This Wild is not maintained for visitation but can be viewed from Hancock Woods and Hoar Sanctuary.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all; open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.

Leatherbee Woods is accessible from Broadlawn Park Apartments, Hancock Woods Reservation, and the Hoar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Directions & Contact Info

West Roxbury, MA 02132
Telephone: 781.784.0567

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Regulations & Advisories

  • Hunting is not permitted at this reservation. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Supporting 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 Boston Urban Wilds Initiative (UWI) has its roots in the environmental movement of the 1970s. In 1976, the Boston Redevelopment Authority published a landmark document that inventoried and offered recommendations for Boston’s remaining natural areas. Boston’s Urban Wilds: A Natural Area Conservation Program identified 143 areas throughout the city, whether privately- or publicly-owned. In response to this report, the Boston Natural Areas Network was incorporated in 1977 as a non-profit organization (merged with the Trustees in 2014) to work with the city and state agencies to secure the inventoried urban wilds.

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