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Cape Cod & The Islands

Lowell Holly

Mashpee and Sandwich

135 acres

Richard Cheek

Wander along carriage roads and foot trails as you pass through groves of American holly that embellish this unique peninsula.

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

Overview

This 135-acre reservation is named for its donor, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, and its stands of some 250 native American holly trees (Ilex opaca), which grow naturally only along the New England coast. While the reservation is a rare example of a Cape Cod old-growth forest, it also reflects the horticultural tastes of Lowell, former president of Harvard University, who added scattered plantings of rosebay and catawba rhododendrons to the grounds. Later, Wilfred Wheeler, Sr., a former Massachusetts Secretary of Agriculture and an enthusiastic member of the American Holly Society, enhanced the landscape by planting 50 varieties of American holly.

Ideas for Your Visit

Carriage roads follow the shoreline of Mashpee and Wakeby Ponds—both ponds are stocked with fish—and pass through the peninsula’s beech woodlands. The ponds’ shallow waters provide an opportunity for cooling off when the mercury rises, and two peninsular knolls offer spectacular views.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Hours: sunrise-sunset

 

 

Directions

South Sandwich Road
Mashpee and Sandwich, MA 02649
Telephone: 508.636.4693
E-mail: southcoast@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

Memorial Day to Labor Day: (This entrance is closed until further notice, please use the year-round entrance as listed below) From Rt. 6, take Exit 2 onto Rt. 130 South and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Cotuit Rd. and follow for 3.4 mi. Then turn right onto South Sandwich Rd. and follow for 0.7 mi. Turn right onto unmarked road and follow to seasonal entrance and parking area (20 cars).

Year-round: Same directions as above, but, after turning right onto South Sandwich Rd., follow for 0.6 mi to year-round entrance and parking area (6 cars) on right. For immediate access to Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, visitors are advised to use the seasonal parking area; Mashpee-Wakeby Pond is much further away along a circuitous trail from the year-round parking area.

Property Map

To view or download a trail map, click here.

Regulations & Advisories

  • No motor boats allowed to land on the beach.
  • Mountain biking is permitted only on designated trails.
  • Hunting is prohibited.
  • Vehicle access to seasonal parking area is not open this year, and all visitors should use the parking area on South Sandwich Road.

 

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History

The 135-acre reservation is named for its donor, Abbot Lawrence Lowell, and its stands of some 250 native American holly trees (Ilex opaca), which grow naturally only along the New England coast. Although the reservation is a rare example of a Cape Cod old-growth forest, it also reflects the horticultural tastes of Abbott Lowell, former president of Harvard University.

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See What People Say

The Lowell Holly Reservation is a beautiful place to take a long walk amongst the large forest of beech trees, hollies and rhododendrons. I recommend going in the Fall when the beech trees turn a golden yellow and leaves crunch under foot.

Carol A, TripAdvisor Reviewer

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