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Egypt Lane

Search for seabirds and shorebirds over acres of salt marsh from atop the dike at Egypt Lane, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This popular birdwatching hotspot along the shore of Fairhaven’s Priests Cove is home to a rich diversity of coastal life for you to scope out.

Immerse yourself in untamed woodlands at Haskell Swamp Wildlife Management Area, spanning the borders of Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife manages this 3,100-acre forest for hunting, though adventurous hikers, mountain bikers, and birders will also find much to love among these wildlife-rich woodlands.

Carvalho Farm

Visit Carvalho Farm in Fairhaven to explore a variety of natural beauty fit into a small, easy-to-explore package. Walk, run the trail, search for birds, or enjoy a relaxing picnic among the fields, forest, and wetlands of this Buzzards Bay Coalition-owned property.

Savery Avenue Conservation Land

Feel immersed in deep pine woodlands at Savery Avenue Conservation Land in Carver. This town-owned picnic area and trail offers a great place for a walk, trail run, or snowshoe in dense forest that feels far removed from the suburbs around it.

Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area

Hike, picnic, or bird watch among some of the Cape’s most unusual habitats at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area in Falmouth. Rare sandy grasslands, a freshwater pond, pine forest and springtime vernal pools sit side-by-side at this fascinating town-owned property.

LeRoy L. Wood School Trail

Find yourself immersed in nature along Fairhaven’s LeRoy L. Wood School Trail, designed to engage young explorers’ curiosity. This short path through rich woods leads you past a vernal pool and along the edge of a bird-filled salt marsh on Priests Cove.

New Bedford Garden Club Reserve

The New Bedford Garden Club Reserve in South Dartmouth boasts a lovely rhododendron-encircled kettle pond near the Slocums River. This small woodland, owned by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), is a wonderful spot for curious explorers of all ages to enjoy a walk.

Simmons Mill Pond Management Area

Sun-dappled forest surrounds six still ponds at Simmons Mill Pond Management Area in Little Compton, maintained for hunting by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Known for its hand-lettered educational signs, Simmons Mill is also popular among hikers, horseback riders, paddlers, and young explorers curious about the natural world.

Wilbour Woods

Cross a woodland river to enter a forest teeming with life at Wilbour Woods in Little Compton. With broad, flat trails and tables and grills for your next picnic, this town-owned property on the meandering waters of Dundery Brook is an excellent place for explorers of all ages.