Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area

Explore woods and wetlands along the Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area, owed by the Wareham Land Trust. Once owned by a cranberry company, Tweedy and Barnes holds a piece of Wareham’s history among the oaks and pines.

Features

fern in autumn at Tweedy and Barnes

Look carefully for interesting features along the trail, like this autumn-colored fern.

As you walk through Tweedy and Barnes, the landscape transitions from sandy pines to mixed hardwood forest. This makes Tweedy and Barnes a nice spot for a walk when the seasons change. Lush ferns unfurl from the ground in spring, and fiery autumn foliage reflects on the surface of the Sippican River through October.

This conservation area gets its name from the Tweedy and Barnes Cranberry Company, which once owned the property. You can still spot remnants of this operation from the trails, including an old canal gate and canal channels.

Trails

The trails at Tweedy and Barnes are flat, though they aren’t well marked in some areas. Altogether, you’ll spend a leisurely half hour walking through the woods and along the Sippican River. (Download trail map)

From the parking area on Blackmore Pond Road, follow a narrow path that leads to a junction in the trail. From there, you have two options: turn left to head west down a short trail past a wetland, or keep walking straight to explore the river loop. We recommend this south trail for its peaceful river views from an old railroad bridge.

Habitats & Wildlife

Tweedy and Barnes’ riverside location makes it a great place to spot waterfowl and stream-loving species like mink. As you walk through the woods, look for foxes and deer, which find shelter in the mixed hardwood forest. Careful explorers may discover ferns and mushrooms in the forest understory.

Property Owned By

Founded in 2001, the mission of the Wareham Land Trust is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, and to educate the public about the benefits of protecting land.

Details
Size: 25 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small gravel parking area; additional roadside parking
Cost: Free
Trail Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Dogs: Yes (under voice control)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
230 Blackmore Pond Rd.
Wareham, MA 02576
41.738198, -70.771888

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area
Wareham, MA
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Explore woods and wetlands along the Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area, owed by the Wareham Land Trust. Once owned by a cranberry company, Tweedy and Barnes holds a piece of Wareham’s history among the oaks and pines.

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