Cape Cod & The Islands

Mashpee River Reservation


248 acres

Little affected by development, this tidal stream remains one of Cape Cod's most pristine environments.


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


Pristine shoreline, natural spawning areas, and excellent water quality make the Mashpee River one of Massachusetts’ finest sources of rare, sea-run brook trout. Since at least 1915, spirited conservation efforts have protected this tidal river, which begins at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond and empties into Pirate’s Cove on Popponesset Bay.


Ideas for Your Visit

Two miles of trails through the reservation, in addition to trails on the property of other conservation organizations and state and local governments. For a great hike, from the Mashpee River Woodlands parking area on Quinaquisset Ave. follow the trail down to the river. Cross the Mashpee River on the “Great Bridge,” the old Route 28 layout, and follow the scenic old River Road down to Mashpee Woodlands West.

To explore restored pine barrens, access the small lot on Old Barnstable Road and hike the Cottontail Loop; this trail makes use of fire breaks to bring visitors through a unique and rare habitat type. Park at the intersection of Asher’s Path and Meetinghouse Roads to explore quiet single-track trails along the Mashpee River. And if you want to experience the river by paddle, there’s a canoe/kayak takeout at the old Farley Camp.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Directions & Contact Info

Quinaquisset Avenue and Meetinghouse Road
Mashpee, MA 02649
Telephone: 508.636.4693

Get directions on Google Maps.

Mashpee River Woodlands Parking Area: From intersection of Rts. 151 and 28, take Rt. 28 East toward Hyannis for 0.5 mi. to fork in road. Turn right onto Quinaquisset Ave. and follow for 0.1 mi. to the town-owned Mashpee River Woodlands entrance and parking (4 cars) on right.

Meetinghouse Road Parking Area: From intersection of Rts. 151 and 28, take Rt. 28 East toward Hyannis for 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Meetinghouse Road and follow for 1.7 mi. to entrance and parking (6 cars) on left.

Old Barnstable Road: From intersection of Rts. 151 and 28, take Rt. 28 East toward Hyannis for 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Old Barnstable Road and follow for 0.1 mi. to parking (2 cars) on right.

Property Map

There is a map posted on a kiosk in the parking area.

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

  • Dogs must remain on-leash at all times.
  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Hunting is permitted at this property subject to all state and town laws. It is recommended to wear brightly colored clothing like an orange vest or hat during the hunting season. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties, and read safety tips for non-hunters.
  • 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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In the early decades of the 20th century, John W. Farley, an avid fisherman and naturalist, painstakingly acquired contiguous parcels of land along the Mashpee River and established a small camp and canoe launch before donating his land to The Trustees of Reservations.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift of J. W. Farley in 1959. Additional land given by Pemberton Whitcomb in 1979. Additional land purchased by MLCT in 1998.

See What People Say

This wonderland of Cape landscapes is a must-see for everyone! Sidle alongside the Mashpee River and its surrounding grassland, forests, ponds, bridges and trails for a one-of-a-kind Mid Cape excursion well worth the trouble. We saw eagles, osprey, foxes and all kinds of water fowl plus caners, kayakers and fellow hikers. For a real treat, go when the fall colors abound for a truly magical excursion less than one miles from Mashpee Commons!

wpdesousa-mauk, TripAdvisor

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