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What better way to enjoy freshly fallen snow than cross-country skiing? The Buzzards Bay region has dozens of places where you can go skiing through peaceful winter woods, fields, and wetlands. For your next cross-country adventure, try one of these parks and trails, which are well-suited for a trek on skis.

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great blue heron on the Agawam River in autumn
20 Knowles Ave., Wareham, MA 02538
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The Agawam River Trail in East Wareham offers a peaceful stroll, vistas of the Agawam River, and a paddling launch.

Size: 8.5 acres
Parking: Small parking area along the end of Knowles Avenue
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
rocky shoreline of Buzzards Bay at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth
1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth protects a delicate coastal ecosystem and provides a top-notch spot for birding.

Size: 611 acres
Parking: Three medium-sized gravel/grass parking areas on Horseneck Road and Allens Neck Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
view of Assawompset Pond from Betty's Neck in Lakeville
Bog Access Road, Lakeville, MA 02347
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Betty’s Neck in Lakeville offers miles of secluded trails and expansive freshwater views in the heart of the protected Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 350 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Visitor Center (limited hours)
oil barge and tugs on Cape Cod Canal from bikeway
145 Sandwich Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Bourne Recreation Area is a gateway to fishing, walking, and bicycling along scenic Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic tables, Trash
ducks in the pond at Brooklawn Park
1997 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Located in the urban North End of New Bedford, Brooklawn Park is refuge for local residents seeking some fresh air.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
dog retrieving a ball in Buttonwood Park
425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Size: 97 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots (open 6am-10pm); additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a man fishes from the shore of Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
110 Main St., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
people bicycling and fishing along Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
Canal Service Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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If you want to take an easygoing, scenic bike ride, look no further than the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway in Bourne.

Size: 7 miles north side/6.5 miles south side
Parking: Medium/Large paved parking areas at all recreation areas along bikeway
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
mill pond on the Herring River at Carter Beal Conservation Area in Bourne
20 Bournedale Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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From the fish ladder to the glacial moraine, explore Bourne's natural history at Carter Beal Conservation Area.

Size: 29.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: Benches, Trash
wooded pond at Washburn Park in Marion
Washburn Park Place, Marion, MA 02738
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Marion’s popular Washburn Park hearkens back to the historic town common where locals can walk and play.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Several unpaved parking areas throughout park
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
Mattapoisett River at dusk
81 Mattapoisett Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Hunt for remnants of an old settlement among fields and forest along the Mattapoisett River at Church's Field in Rochester.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic table
boardwalk through a cedar swamp at Copicut Woods
1700 Indian Town Rd., Fall River, MA 02790
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As part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, this 516-acre property in Fall River showcases unique natural features.

Size: 516 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area on Indian Town Road; small unpaved parking areas on Yellow Hill Road and Copicut Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables
ferns growing on a Sarah's Rock in Delano Memorial Forest
191 Marys Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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An easy walking trail circles through peaceful Delano Memorial Forest, passing by the placid waters of the Sippican River.

Size: 110 acres
Parking: Small parking area off Marys Pond Road
Facilities: None
stone wall at Destruction Brook Woods
160 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Size: 283.8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized crushed-shell parking area on Slades Corner Road; small dirt pulloff on Fisher Road
Facilities: None
people walking on the trail at Doggett's Brook in Rochester
55 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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The Doggett's Brook nature trail tucked into the woods behind the ball fields in Rochester is perfect for a walk after a game.

Size: 100 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at Dexter Lane Field
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Playground
freshwater Weweantic River at Westgate Conservation Area
29 Papermill Rd., Wareham, MA 02576
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If you want to explore a classic Wareham landscape, Westgate Conservation Area is an ideal spot.

Size: 49 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area off Papermill Road
Facilities: None
trail easement through Eastover Farm in Rochester
169 Clapp Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: None
bog boards on the trails at East Over Reservation Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts
285 County Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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These two tracts are part of a network of local conservation areas in Marion and Rochester that you can explore.

Size: 322 acres
Parking: Medium-sized parking area along County Road
Facilities: None
Fort Rodman and bike paths at Fort Taber Park in New Bedford
1000 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Size: 50 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Learning/Visitor Center, Food/Concession (seasonal)
a wooded pond near sunset at Four Ponds Conservation Area in Bourne
140 Barlows Landing Rd., Pocasset, MA 02559
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Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Size: 280 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None

Upcoming Events

Haunted Hike
Fri, October 20
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Smith Farm,
Dartmouth
Mindfulness Walk: Tweedy and Barnes
Sat, October 21
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tweedy and Barnes Conservation Area,
Wareham
Evening Owl Prowl
Tue, October 24
6:00PM
Herb Hadfield Conservation Area,
Westport

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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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The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: