Thread your way through woodlands and cross open fields to one of the state's loveliest tidal rivers.
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.
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.
Free to all.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
Telephone: 508.636.4693 (Trustees); 508.991.2289 (DNRT)
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.
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.
With roughly 27,000 acres under management, The Trustees is devoted to protecting ecologically significant environments across our portfolio.
Seeking, protecting, and caring for Massachusetts’ most special places
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.
Understory of ferns at Slocum's River Reserve
Kayaking the Slocum River
A favorite stop for migrating birds
Slocum's River in summertime
View of tidal river with a hint of fog
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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