With soft, hilly trails and glimpses of the Weweantic River at every turn, Birch Island is a place where everyone can enjoy the outdoors. The town of Wareham protected this land in 1972; since then, local outdoor enthusiasts have come to Birch Island to fish in the river and explore the woods.
The main trail at Birch Island Conservation Area loops through the property in a wide circle. Altogether, you can spend an hour or more walking the trails along the river’s edge here and at neighboring Horseshoe Mill. (Download trail map)
Starting at the parking area, follow the trail until you reach the main loop. The trails are blanketed with pine needles in many places, and they climb up and down gently rolling hills. Several smaller trails off to the side lead to fishing spots and scenic river views.
Habitats & Wildlife
The pine forest at Birch Island provides shelter for animals large and small, from rabbits and opossums to white-tailed deer. You can also search the forest for songbirds. Near the edge of the river, look for many species of wintering waterfowl feeding on the Weweantic’s rich fish and plant life.