Kirby Preserve

Sometimes wonderful things come in small sizes – and Rochester’s Kirby Preserve is just that! With an easily accessible springtime vernal pool jam-packed with wildlife viewing opportunities, this charming Rochester Land Trust property is truly is a hidden gem that’s ready for you to discover.

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frog at the Kirby Preserve in Rochester

Keep your eyes peeled when you walk the trails at Kirby Preserve – you may find some small surprises, like this wood frog, among the wetlands!

Don’t skip out on visiting Kirby Preserve because it’s one of the smallest public properties in the area. As you walk through the entrance onto the trail, you’ll immediately see how special this 3.8-acre preserve is. The highlight is a certified vernal pool: a temporary pond where species like frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians breed in spring.


The 0.2-mile trail at Kirby Preserve has two short loops that are connected by a small footbridge across a stream. The trail will only take you about 15-30 minutes to explore – but you may find yourself lingering to admire the natural beauty of the wetlands and forest. The trails can be a little muddy in spots, so wear waterproof footwear. (Download trail map)

Habitats & Wildlife

If you want to explore a wetland habitat, Kirby Preserve is the perfect place. These habitats are teeming with wildlife, particularly in spring and summer. The trail leads directly to the vernal pool, where you can look carefully for egg masses along the water’s edge during breeding season. As you walk through the woods, keep a lookout for frogs, birds, and evidence of woodland mammals.

Property Owned By

The Rochester Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Rochester's natural heritage and rural character for current and future generations. Since 1997, the Rochester Land Trust has secured over 450 acres for conservation.

Size: 3.8 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
9 Quaker Ln.
Rochester, MA 02770
41.752198, -70.882388
Rochester Land Trust: (706) 675-5263

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Kirby Preserve
Rochester, MA
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