Church Wildlife Conservation Area

With a picnic table nestled in a cozy grove of trees, Church Wildlife Conservation Area in Rochester is a lovely spot for your next picnic. After lunch, take a walk through the pine forest at this Rochester Land Trust property and search for signs of wildlife.

picnic area in a grove of trees at Church Wildlife Conservation Area

Have a picnic with friends among the trees at Church Wildlife Conservation Area. Just remember to take your trash with you when you leave!

Features

Church Wildlife Conservation Area is named in honor of George and Katherine Church, who were members of two of Rochester’s oldest families. It was Katherine’s wish for this land to be preserved in its natural state for all to enjoy.

True to her wishes, the Rochester Land Trust has protected Church Wildlife Conservation Area forever. Visitors of all ages can explore the tranquil woods on a short loop trail that surrounds the remnants of an old homestead – a reminder of those who lived here long ago.

Trails

The loop trail at Church Wildlife Conservation Area begins and ends at the open field near the parking area. This 20-minute walk is short and easy. (Download trail map)

Within the woods, there’s a dense stand of young pine trees known as “The Pines.” Two side trails here lead toward private property, so make sure to follow all posted signs and respect the neighbors. There are also some small trails through The Pines that leave the preserve, so we recommend staying on the main path.

Habitats & Wildlife

Animals abound in the forest at Church Wildlife Conservation Area. The pine trees are an ideal home for woodland birds like chickadee and American redstart. Fox, deer, and raccoons can also be found scurrying through the woods.

Property Owned By

The Rochester Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Rochester's natural heritage and rural character for current and future generations. Since 1997, the Rochester Land Trust has secured over 450 acres for conservation.

Details
Size: 21 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small dirt parking area off Marion Road
Cost: Free
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: Picnic table
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
193 Marion Rd.
Rochester, MA 02770
41.732759, -70.802688

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Church Wildlife Conservation Area
Rochester, MA
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With a picnic table nestled in a cozy grove of trees, Church Wildlife Conservation Area in Rochester is a lovely spot for your next picnic. After lunch, take a walk through the pine forest at this Rochester Land Trust property and search for signs of wildlife.

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