Mill Pond Conservation Area

With a community orchard and garden, meandering trail through the woods, and beautiful views of the East Branch of the Westport River, often called the “Noquochoke River” in this stretch, Mill Pond Conservation Area is part of a network of protected properties that feed the Westport River. Whether you want to take your kids fruit picking or simply read a book by the river, this Westport Land Conservation Trust property is a delightful place to explore.

Features

Noquochoke River from Mill Pond Conservation Area in Westport

The Noquochoke River tumbles over large rocks and flows over a breached dam at Mill Pond Conservation Area.

True to its name, Mill Pond Conservation Area features a breached dam from a mill that once stood here — one of the many sawmills, grain mills, and factories that made up the former industrial center here at the head of the Westport River. In contrast, today this property offers an escape from the hustle and bustle that surrounds it, offering riverside serenity that feels far from everyday life.

Pull into the parking lot at Mill Pond Conservation Area, and you’ll immediately see the property’s most unique feature: an organic community orchard and garden. Volunteers with the Westport Land Conservation Trust planted frost-hardy apple, pear, and peach trees, raspberry bushes, and a rotating crop of vegetables and other edible plants that are open to all for picking during their seasons. There’s also a roadside stand with harvested produce for free pickup.

Trails

A firm crushed-rock path starts from the parking lot and leads through the orchard. In total, the trail is about a quarter-mile long. (Download trail map)

The picturesque path through the orchard is handicap-accessible up to where it enters the woods. From there, the pine needle-coated trail slopes up and over a hill before leading down to the Noquochoke River. Here, the trail continues a short distance along the river down to the former stone dam — now breached so that the river and fish can flow through it unimpeded.

Habitats & Wildlife

The gardens and pathways of Mill Pond Conservation Area are planted with native flowers, which attract a wealth of pollinators to this property — from bees to monarch butterflies to jewel-colored hummingbirds. In the woods, look down for little milk snakes slithering through the underbrush, and up for the bright flash of the resident yellow warblers that nest on this property.

Mill Pond Conservation Area is one of several conservation lands at the head of the Westport River’s East Branch, alongside Forge Pond Conservation Area and Brookside Conservation Area. These reserves help to filter out pollutants coming from the land, preventing pollution from flowing into the Westport River and onward to Buzzards Bay.

Property Owned By

The Westport Land Conservation Trust is a nonprofit corporation that has worked since 1972 to acquire and preserve natural resources, farmland, and wildlife areas for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Details
Size: 8 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area (space for 4-5 cars)
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: Yes (on the orchard path)

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
60 Reed Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
41.624188, -71.056873
Westport Land Conservation Trust: (508) 636-9228
Email: info@westportlandtrust.org

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Mill Pond Conservation Area
Westport, MA
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