Located on densely developed State Road in Dartmouth, Paskamansett Landing is practically hidden in plain sight. This small park has several benches overlooking the peaceful Paskamansett River. Stretch your legs on a short stroll through the grass, or watch a waterfall while enjoying lunch from a nearby eatery. Want to explore the river up close? Put in a canoe and paddle upstream to discover a part of the river that’s otherwise concealed from view.
Paskamansett Landing is a town historical landmark, part of the Dartmouth Heritage Trail. This was the site of the historic Smith Mill, first built in 1664. Remnants of the mill still exist here today.
Habitats & Wildlife
The Paskamansett River is the freshwater portion of the Slocums River, which flows all the way to Buzzards Bay. From Paskamansett Landing, paddlers can head upstream and explore life that thrives along the wooded riverbanks. Warblers and swallows swoop between the trees while predators like red-tailed hawks watch. If you’re quiet, you may even see a turtle sunning itself on a log.