The Wareham Land Trust safeguards about 681 acres of conservation land throughout the Town of Wareham. As of February 2015, we own 164 acres and hold conservation restrictions on 517 acres. Most of these properties allow public access with trails that are ideal for walking and wildlife viewing while others offer canoe and kayak access to Wareham’s exceptional water resources. Below are some of the most popular conservation areas in Wareham. We encourage you to visit these beautiful properties.
The conservation areas that the Wareham Land Trust protects exist through cooperative efforts of conservation organizations, the Town of Wareham, and the Community Preservation Act (CPA). CPA funds are instrumental in acquiring open space that significantly increases permanently protected conservation land with public access for passive recreation.
Remember, some trails traverse private property; these trails are available through the generosity of private landowners who value land conservation and choose to share their land with you. Be respectful of the property owners and neighbors.
Conservation areas with public access are open year-round from dawn to dusk. No fees are charged, but the Wareham Land Trust relies on charitable contributions; these donations help support land conservation, stewardship of the preserves, trail creation and maintenance, and educational programs. Please consider a making a donation to the Wareham Land Trust today.
Conservation Land Etiquette
- These are walking trails only—No motorized vehicles
- Carry out what you carry in—No littering
- Do not disturb or remove plants or wildlife
- No fires or camping
- Do not make new trails
- Observe posted rules
- Respect the rights of property owners by staying on the trails
- Dogs must be under control at all times and always remove pet waste
- Remember to check yourself and your pets for ticks
The term “pine barrens” refers to an ecological region characterized by dry, sandy soil that supports a plant community dominated by pitch pine and scrub oak. Two of Earth’s largest remaining Pine Barrens are found in southeastern Massachusetts. This 68-acre preserve along the Agawam River is part of one of these areas. It is an… Continue Reading
This is a great place for bird watching and observing waterfowl while enjoying a scenic walk on a woodland path along the Agawam River. In addition to walking trails, this 8.5-acre riverfront preserve offers a canoe / kayak launch site. Directions: Follow Cranberry Highway/RT 28 to Depot Street. Follow Depot Street to Knowles Ave. which… Continue Reading
Minot Forest, owned by the Town of Wareham, offers several miles of scenic woodland paths. While construction continues on the former Minot Forest Elementary school, the old parking area is currently not available for Minot Forest trails though the trails remain open.… Continue Reading
These adjacent conservation areas protect 114 acres of uplands, bogs, and wetlands bordering the Weweantic River. The trail system wanders along the river, through the woods, and around several abandoned cranberry bogs. Directions: Follow Main Street to Papermill Road, which is less than a mile from the three-way stop at the corner of Main Street… Continue Reading
Fearing Hill Swamp offers canoe and kayak access to the Weweantic River. Directions: Follow Main Street to Fearing Hill Road (a few yards from the intersection of Main Street and Tobey Road–just past the railway underpass). Proceed on Fearing Hill Road 0.25 mile to a small bridge that spans the Weweantic River. Park off the… Continue Reading
This Mass Audubon preserve connects several land conservation areas and private land protected by conservation restrictions to create over 300 acres of contiguous open space. A network of paths meanders through the woods, along the marsh, and up to a lovely scenic vista that overlooks an active osprey nest. Some of these trails traverse private property; these… Continue Reading
Marks Cove Conservation Area is a 118-acre conservation area, made up of parcels which are owned by the Wareham Land Trust, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Wildlands Trust, Mass Audubon, and the Town of Wareham. Acquired over the last 20 years, this quilt of protected land offers 2.5 miles of walking trails with various loops of easy to moderate difficulty. This property features… Continue Reading
This sandy beach is located near Onset Center. The beachfront stretches from the iconic Stone Bridge to Cove Street. High tide often obscures the beach, but there are grassy areas to sit and enjoy the view. The sunsets here, as witnessed in this photograph, are often spectacular. Directions: Follow Onset Ave. to North Water Street… Continue Reading
Explore the uplands, bogs, and wetlands on this 25 acre preserve and perhaps catch a glimpse of a fox or deer. Several trails offer views of the Sippican River. This land was once owned by the Tweedy and Barnes Cranberry Company. Careful exploration will reveal remnants of their operation. Directions: Follow Main Street, turn onto… Continue Reading
Whitlock’s Landing is a small, pretty, waterfront preserve that provides a scenic place to fish with direct access for non-motorized boats into the Agawam Mill Pond. This 0.5 acre preserve has off-street parking for several vehicles. Directions: From the intersection of Cranberry Highway/ Rt. 28 and Glen Charlie Road, proceed North… Continue Reading