Although it’s one of the smaller places in Dartmouth to take a walk, McBratney Reserve packs a lot of delightful sights into its space. Most of the property is a red maple swamp, with lichen-covered trees rising up from patches of standing water. But the feature that draws many people to McBratney Reserve is the cultivated blueberry patch hidden in the woods. Come here in summer to enjoy a sweet treat at the end of your walk!
McBratney Reserve has a short, out-and-back trail through the woods to the blueberry patch. The trail passes along a hilly, forested ridge and over a boardwalk across a small stream that runs between the swamps. It only takes about 10 minutes to reach the blueberry patch, but with so much to see along the way, you’ll want to take your time. (Download trail map)
Habitats & Wildlife
The southern and eastern portions of McBratney Reserve are covered by red maple swamp. As you head toward the property’s northwestern boundary, the landscape transitions to an upland forest of oak and pitch pine. These habitats draw many different types of wildlife, from frogs calling in the swampy areas to chipmunks scurrying along the forest floor.
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) is a nonprofit, accredited land trust. Since 1971, DNRT has helped protect more than 5,000 acres of land and maintain more than 35 miles of hiking trails in Dartmouth.