East Fairhaven School Trail

Discover nature’s classroom on the East Fairhaven School Trail, which winds through woods and wetlands just behind this public elementary school. Designed to bring outdoor education to life for students and families, this engaging nature trail is a welcoming spot for the whole community to connect with nature.

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kids and families on the East Fairhaven School Trail

The nature trail at East Fairhaven School is a fun, kid-friendly destination for families to explore after school and on weekends.

With an outdoor classroom and fun interpretive signs about animals, weather, and habitats, the East Fairhaven School Trail is a treasured resource for students and teachers to connect with nature in their own backyard. But the trail isn’t just for school use; community members are welcome to walk here outside of school hours (weekdays 8:00am to 3:00pm). The trail is particularly good for young children who are just getting started exploring the outdoors.

Spearheaded by the Fairhaven Community Trail Network, this nature trail opened in 2015 with assistance from the Buzzards Bay Coalition. The network opened a second trail at nearby LeRoy L. Wood School in 2018.


The East Fairhaven School trailhead is located behind the school in the northwest corner of the school property. The nature trail wanders through the woods for approximately half a mile – a perfect length for families with small children. Small boardwalks and tree stump paths across streams and wetlands make this walk extra fun for kids. (Download trail map)

The school trail ends where it intersects with another foot path through neighboring Nasketucket Woods, which is marked with a sign on a large white pine. You can continue south on this trail for another half-mile or turn back to return to the school grounds.

Habitats & Wildlife

The East Fairhaven School Trail passes through a wooded wetland, over a stream, and past a grove of holly trees mixed among the oak and pine forest. During warmer months, a lush thickets of ferns lines the trail’s edges. As you walk, stop and read the interpretive signs to learn more about the many habitats that thrive here in the woods.

With a stream and vernal pools, this property is a magnet for amphibians like frogs and salamanders, which breed in these wet wooded spots in spring. Look carefully among the damp logs, rocks, and leaves to see if you can find one of these special creatures!

Property Owned By
Size: 13 acres
Hours: Open to public when school is not in session (weekends, holidays, and weekdays before 8am and after 3pm)
Parking: Large paved parking lot at school
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes
Facilities: Picnic Table
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
2 New Boston Rd.
Fairhaven, MA 02719
41.650089, -70.861633
East Fairhaven School: (508) 979-4058
Email: fairhaventrails@yahoo.com

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

East Fairhaven School Trail
Fairhaven, MA
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