Delano Memorial Forest is named for Stephen C.L. Delano, a member of the family that once owned these woods. You’ll find a memorial to Delano along the trail with a bench and a stone that reads, “This woodland was his.” Today, Delano’s woods are open for all of us to explore.
A walking trail circles through the peaceful forest, passing by the Sippican River and wooded swamps. This is a place where everybody can come to breathe deeply and appreciate the nature of southeastern Massachusetts.
The trails at Delano Memorial Forest are level and easy, so explorers of all ages can feel comfortable walking here. (Download trail map)
Wide cart paths form a two-mile loop through the woods and along the river. In fall, catch a glimpse of glistening red waters at a working cranberry bog along the trail’s southern edge.
Off the main trail, there are two short spur trails that lead to interesting destinations. In the northern part of the property lies a large glacial erratic called “Sarah’s Rock.” In the southeast corner, head toward an overlook of the Sippican River.
Habitats & Wildlife
Delano Memorial Forest is more than just a pine forest; look for beech, oak, and holly trees here as well. In the wetlands along the river, the plants grow more diverse. Search for ferns, red maples, and highbush blueberries emerging in the understory.
Vernal pools are also hidden in the forest. These temporary wetlands that appear in spring are home to frog and salamander eggs, which hatch in summer before the pools dry up.
The Wildlands Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving land and preserving the natural heritage of Southeastern Massachusetts. Since 1973, The Wildlands Trust has helped protect nearly 10,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands.