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Noanet Woodlands

Dover

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.

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

Overview

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, Miss Amelia Peabody purchased Mill Farm on Dedham Street along with 30 additional parcels, 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.

 

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.

Admission & Hours

Trustees members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5 parking fee.

Annual mountain bike permit required (FREE).

Directions

Address & Directions
Powissett Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt-128: Take Exit 16B (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

A trail map is posted on the bulletin board. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Additional Resources:
Noanet Woodlands Biking Permit Form (Word)

Noanet Biking Regulations (Word)

Regulations & Advisories

  • In cooperation with the Town of Dover, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid 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, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>
  • 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.
  • A permit is required to mountain bike at Noanet Woodlands. Download a biking permit form (Word) and biking regulations (Word). Please complete and forward the permit to The Trustees of Reservations, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA 02030. You will receive your permit in approximately 2 weeks.
  • Natural gas pipeline not maintained as a trail; please avoid.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
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History

“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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