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South of Boston

Slocum’s River Reserve

Dartmouth

47 acres

On the banks of the tidal rive...

Thread your way through woodlands and cross open fields to one of the state's loveliest tidal rivers.

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

Overview

Experience a variety of natural environments—woods, fields, and tidal river—all within 47-acre Slocum’s River Reserve. A longtime coastal farm and one of many such agricultural tracts that define South Dartmouth, the reserve, which is jointly owned and managed by The Trustees and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, offers a glimpse into the town’s rural heritage while affording spectacular views of the South Coast and Buzzards Bay. The easy routes on the reservation connect to trail easements over an adjoining 60 acres of private land.

Ideas for Your Visit

From Angelica’s Overlook on a clear day, the eye can take in the sparkling river, the bay, the Elizabeth Islands, and, on the far southeast horizon, even the shimmering cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard.

If you’re short for time, walk along two miles of woodland trails before reaching the western shoreline of the river, an expanse of tidal flats. Watch for great blue herons and other waders in the shallows and northern harriers overhead; more than 3,000 feet of critical shoreline and salt marsh have been protected here.

For a longer excursion, follow a 3.6-mile trail that passes through a thick forest of pine and oak and loops around the adjacent Dartmoor Farm Wildlife Management Area, a property of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Admission & Hours

Free to all.

Directions

Horseneck Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748
Telephone: 508.636.4693 (Trustees); 508.991.2289 (DNRT)
E-mail: southcoast@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 140 South, turn right onto Rt. 6 West. At third set of traffic lights, turn left onto Old Westport Rd. and follow for 0.4 mi. Bear left onto Chase Rd. and follow for 3.6 mi. to end. Turn right onto Russells Mills Rd. and follow for 1 mi. through Russells Mills Village and straight onto Horseneck Rd. Follow for 1.4 mi. to entrance and parking (10 cars) on left. Roadside parking is not permitted.

 

 

Property Map

Free trail maps are distributed from a bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

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

  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Small water craft may be carried to and launched from the beach.

 

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History

Fields, pasture, stone walls, and wooded roads that crisscross the property bear witness to the agricultural uses and settlement that dominated this area for three centuries.

Purchased in 2000 with co-owner Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.

The View From Here
See What People Say

Tucked away between farmland and stone walls, this hidden gem is a delight. You get sweeping views of the ocean and marshlands, wildlife is abundant here and the fields of flowers are amazing. The natural landscape is breathtaking here and this is a good spot to park if you want to ride your bike around the town.

Melimoose78, Trip Advisor

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