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.
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.
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.