A delightful paddling destination, this riverside retreat features a mix of natural flora, designed landscape and plantings, and more than two miles of trails.
Peters Reservation, named for the family who purchased the property as a family retreat in 1917, is dominated by an oak and hickory forest. The trails and understory plantings here were laid out by leading landscape architect Fletcher Steele, and a plantation of red pines lines much of the reservation’s frontage on the Charles River.
Follow more than two miles of trails traversing woodlands that feature a large, massed planting of Dexter hybrid rhododendrons. A short trail extension on the other side of Farm Road links Peters Reservation to Chase Woodlands.
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
FREE to all.
Dover, MA 02030
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From Points North: I-95/Rt. 128 South, take Exit 37A to Rt. 16 East. Follow left turns for Rt. 16 East. After approx. 5 mi., turn left at Pleasant St. Take 2nd right onto Glen St. for 2.4 mi., then right at Farm St. Follow to entrance and parking on left.
From Points South: I-95/Rt. 128 North, Exit 31B to Rt. 109 West for 1 mi. Turn right at Dover Rd. Continue onto Powisset St., then turn right onto Walpole St. At stop light, go straight on to Springdale Ave. After 1 mi., turn left at Farm St. to entrance and parking on left. On-street parking is not permitted.
This parking area serves both Chase Woodlands and Peters Reservation. Roadside parking is not permitted in Dover. Parking is not suitable for equestrian trailers.
A canoe/kayak landing is located on the eastern (right) bank of the Charles River 0.5 mi. north of Bridge St. in Dover.
A trail map is posted on the bulletin board in the Chase Woodlands parking area. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.
Trail Note: 2.5 mile loop. The blue trail, leaving from the Farm Street parking area, is 1.4 miles round-trip.
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Original acreage a gift, by bequest, of Jane Peters Guild in 1988. Additional land given by Theodore Chase and Ellen Moot in 1988. Additional land purchased in 1996 by MLCT.
"Miles of trails, old woods, long stretch of frontage on the Charles River. Hilly in spots. The best place to park is at Chase Woods. Make a long hiking day out of it -- go to Chase Woods and Peters, back-to-back."
– EagleEyeBoston, TripAdvisor
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