The 22-acre Bourne Sisters Woodland is set squarely between Route 28 and the shores of Buzzards Bay, not too far from the village of Monument Beach. A stream, a mill pond, and a working cranberry bog lie along the woodland’s back edge, which provide explorers with refreshing views after hiking the property’s slopes and valleys.
Bourne Sisters Woodland is home to a maze of trails that loop through the forest. Although the trails are short and well-marked, they are steep in some places. Expect to spend at least a half-hour walking here – closer to an hour for those who want to take their time. (Download trail map)
There are two connected loop trails at Bourne Sisters Woodland, and they both begin just past the split-rail fence at the entrance. After crossing a small stream, head left or right along the 0.6-mile Loop Trail. This main trail leads around the property’s perimeter, across the hills, and down to the cranberry bog. We recommend taking a detour on the Bog Stream Trail, which leads you along the edge of a brook. For a few minutes’ peaceful rest, take a seat on the trail bench and enjoy the view.
For a longer journey, explore the Perry Loop Trail, which takes you into the adjacent town-owned Perry Woods. There are several more small trails that cut across the preserve, so you can explore the woods freely and adjust the length of your walk to your liking.
Habitats & Wildlife
The forested hills at Bourne Sisters Woodland provide a haven for many species of wildlife. Pine and oak trees shelter barred and great horned owls; visit near dusk for a chance to spot one. Many small songbirds, such as chickadees, nuthatches and titmice, make their home here as well. In the woodland’s soft valleys, check the forest floor for flora hidden among a blanket of pine needles. You’ll find wild mushrooms, teaberry, and blueberry plants thriving in the understory.
The Bourne Conservation Trust (BCT) is a nonprofit land trust with a primary objective of acquiring land and leaving it in its natural state. The BCT owns and maintains over 200 acres of open space with miles of walking trails.