Shaw Farm Trail winds through acres of coastal land that were preserved as part of a large conservation project the Buzzards Bay Coalition completed in 2014. The land along the trail provides habitat for wildlife and protects clean water in Nasketucket Bay. As you hike Shaw Farm Trail, enjoy the view knowing that these forests and fields have been protected forever.
Whether you want to take a family nature walk or a long hiking adventure, Shaw Farm Trail is a beautiful and convenient place to enjoy the outdoors. Soak up the scenery as you walk past idyllic stone walls, through meadows, and over boardwalks that cross streams and ferns.
Shaw Farm Trail is located on the popular Phoenix Bike Trail/Mattapoisett Rail Trail just east of Shaw Road in Fairhaven. There’s a bike rack at the trailhead, which makes it a perfect spot to stop and take a scenic walk. (Download trail map)
The trail connects the bike path with Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. Walk for about one mile, and you’ll reach the Bridle Trail at the state reservation. From here, we recommend walking all the way to the shores of Nasketucket Bay, where stunning views of water and wildlife await.
Much of Shaw Farm Trail passes through private property. Please stay on the trail and respect the land, private property, and other visitors during your visit.
Habitats & Wildlife
Shaw Farm Trail is a gateway to gorgeous coastal forests and farmland along Nasketucket Bay – one of Buzzards Bay’s healthiest waterways. Conserving land along Shaw Farm Trail will help protect clean water in Nasketucket Bay for fish, wildlife, and people.
Birders and wildlife enthusiasts love Shaw Farm Trail for its diverse array of animals. Look for hawks and ospreys soaring over the farm, and frogs and salamanders hiding near streams in the woods. In particular, this area provides habitat for eastern box turtles, which are vulnerable to human development.
Hunting is allowed around Shaw Farm Trail, so make sure to wear blaze orange during hunting season.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed.