Metro West

Noanet Woodlands


595 acres

Follow a network of trails across a grand preserve that features woodlands and ponds, a former mill site, and Noanet Peak, which offers views of the Boston skyline.


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


Through the centuries, this almost-600-acre landscape has seen many uses: as preserved space, an early industrial site, and Native American hunting ground. Noanet Woodlands is named after a chief of the Natick Indians, who camped, fished, and hunted along Noanet Brook. Noanet Woodlands was later cleared for timber, firewood, and a few small homesteads, before taking turns as a sawmill and a large rolling and slitting mill for the Dover Union Iron Company; today, the mill’s 24-foot-high dam and 20-foot-deep wheel pit are preserved. In 1923, Amelia Peabody purchased Mill Farm on Dedham Street along with 30 additional parcels, including what is now known as Noanet Woodlands, shaping the landscape as we know it.

In the spring, warblers, thrushes, and other songbirds pass through; scarlet tanagers and northern orioles are common throughout the summer, while hawks migrate overhead during the fall. The four ponds are home to bluegills, painted turtles, and bullfrogs. Wildflowers, including pink lady’s slipper, flowering wintergreen, and marsh marigold, abound in the woods and marsh.

Bridle paths and jumps are found throughout the property, as Noanet Woodlands is connected with Mill Farm and Powisset Farm. Amelia Peabody and other equestrians rode through the property to access those two farms. The property welcomes equestrians to this day.

Ideas for Your Visit

More than 16 miles of shady trails and wood roads are perfect for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Ascend Noanet Peak for views of Boston, and follow trails to the 1,200-acre Hale Reservation, a privately owned open-space preserve, or include a visit to neighboring Powisset Farm.

Admission & Hours

Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Trustees members: FREE. Nonmembers: $6 parking fee.

Directions & Contact Info

Address & Directions
Powissett Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt. 128: Exit 31B onto Rt. 109 West. Follow for less than 1 mi. and take a right on Dover Rd. Follow for 2.3 mi. (Dover Road becomes Powisset Street in Dover) to the parking lot on the right.

From Medfield Center: Take Rt. 109 East, then turn left onto Hartford St. Follow for 1.5 mi., then turn left onto Walpole St. Follow for 0.8 mi. and take right onto Powisset St. After 0.6 mi., turn left into parking lot.

If parking is full, please do not park along street – this is strictly enforced.

Parking at Noanet is limited to 30 cars and can fill up in the busy spring or fall season when the weather is good. The lot will be closed once it reaches capacity. Consider arriving earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon during this time. If full, other Trustees properties, including Rocky Woods and Powisset Farm, are nearby for an equally enjoyable visit! Parking on the street is strictly prohibited. Cars may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.


Property Map

We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Additional Resources:

Noanet Biking Regulations (Word)

Regulations & Advisories

  • 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
  • No more than two dogs per person are permitted.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. No dog shall chase, hunt or harass people, wildlife, or other dogs.
  • Do not allow your dog, even if friendly, to approach other dogs or people. They may not desire such contact.
  • Carry out what your dog leaves behind.
  • Dogs are prohibited from the Lower Mill Pond.
  • There is a precipitous drop over the mill pond dam; closely supervise children.
  • A trail improvement plan may result in closure of some trails and establishment of new ones. Follow on-site signage and do not reopen trails closed for restoration or create new trails.
  • Natural gas pipeline not maintained as a trail; please avoid.
  • 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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“Noanet” was likely the name of a leader of Indigenous Peoples probably affiliated with the Nipmuc and Wampanoag, who camped on this land, fished the Charles River, and hunted along Noanet Brook. Settlers used the present-day Powisset Farm for agriculture as early as 1720. Powisset’s most notable 18th-century farmer was Samuel Fisher, Jr., who was raising livestock and growing hay and corn by the 1790s. While Powisset Farm was arable, owners initially found little use for the granite hills and ledges and lowland brook and swamp of the adjacent woodlands.

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"The trails are very spacious and nice - love the ponds and water fall - our dog loves it and loves seeing other dogs - she loves swimming in the pond."

Cara M., Needham, MA

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