The Bogs

In the heart of the Mattapoisett River Reserve lies The Bogs, a natural oasis located just minutes from Interstate 195 in Mattapoisett. With four miles of trails through woods, freshwater wetlands, and old cranberry bogs, this Buzzards Bay Coalition-owned property offers visitors a unique southeastern Massachusetts landscape to discover.

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Features

The Bogs is part of the Mattapoisett River Reserve, a growing network of 212 acres of conserved land in the Mattapoisett River valley. These habitats protect clean drinking water for residents of Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.

The extraordinary natural features at The Bogs attract lots of local walkers, mountain bikers, and wildlife lovers. At the entrance to the property, 50 acres of cranberry bogs stretch out in front of you. Although these bogs are retired from commercial production, cranberries still grow wild in a few patches.

Along the property’s back edge, visitors will find a large, scenic freshwater shrub swamp – a rare habitat for southeastern New England. More than 120 acres of protected forest line the western slope of the property, with trails running through for visitors to discover.

Trails

a mother with two daughters on the trail at The Bogs

Families can explore The Bogs’ wide, sandy trails for frogs, birds, dragonflies, and wild-growing cranberries.

The Bogs is a gateway to four miles of trails through the Mattapoisett River Reserve’s woods, freshwater wetlands, and retired cranberry bogs. The trails here connect with Tripps Mill, offering hours of hiking adventure for explorers of all ages. (Download trail map)

Beginning at the Acushnet Road parking area, set off down the flat, wide trails that crisscross the cranberry bogs. Meander around the bogs, search for our hidden geocache, or venture deeper into the property toward the peaceful stillness of the swamp and forest. At the end of the main trail through the woods, you’ll reach the Tripps Mill parking area. Carefully cross the road here to enjoy scenic views of Tinkham Pond.

The trails at The Bogs are particularly popular with dog owners. If you bring furry friends here, you must keep your dog under control at all times and clean up your dog’s waste so everyone can enjoy the trails.

Habitats & Wildlife

The Bogs is a refuge for a diverse array of wildlife, including birds, deer, and coyotes. In summer, watch for frogs, turtles, and dragonflies along the swamp’s quiet edge, while ospreys and red-tail hawks soar overhead. In fall and winter, ducks and geese visit to feed in shallow waters. Hunting is allowed at The Bogs, so make sure to wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Property Owned By

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed.

Details
Size: 212 acres
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Trail Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Dogs: Yes (under voice control)
Facilities: None
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
138 Acushnet Rd.
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
41.673360, -70.843869

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

The Bogs
Mattapoisett, MA
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Sat, July 22
12:00PM - 1:30PM
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Mattapoisett
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Sat, July 22
8:15AM - 9:30AM
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Tripps Mill

History and nature abound at Tripps Mill, a scenic trail and fishing spot on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett.

The Bogs

In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

The Bogs

In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

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Land Conservation

Conserving land is one of the most important ways to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. Since 1998, the Coalition has forever preserved more than 7,000 acres of land across our region.

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