Mashpee River Reservation
Mashpee, MA
248 acres
Bird Watching Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Mountain Biking Not Permitted Dog Walking Fishing Walking/Hiking (Moderate) Regional Trail Link

About Mashpee River Reservation

Little affected by development, this tidal stream remains one of the region’s pristine environments. Experience the river on shoreside foot trails or by paddle.

What makes Mashpee River Reservation a special place?
Pristine shoreline, natural spawning areas, and excellent water quality make the Mashpee River one of Massachusetts' finest sources of rare, sea-run brook trout. Since at least 1915, spirited conservation efforts have protected this tidal river, which begins at Mashpee/Wakeby Pond and empties into Pirate's Cove on Popponesset Bay.

For a great hike, from the Mashpee River Woodlands parking area on Quinaquisset Ave. follow the trail down to the river. Cross the Mashpee River on the “Great Bridge,” the old Rt. 28 layout, and follow the scenic old River Road down to Mashpee Woodlands West.

Two miles of trails through the reservation plus additional trails on property of other conservation organizations and state and local governments. The reservation’s woodland and shoreline trails form a link in the Cape Cod Pathways.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Mountain biking is not allowed.

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.


Quinaquisset Avenue and Meetinghouse Road
Mashpee, MA 02649
Telephone: 508.636.4693

Latitude: 41.6289
Longitude: -70.4808

Get directions on Google Maps.

Mashpee River Woodlands Parking Area: From intersection of Rts. 151 and 28, take Rt. 28 East toward Hyannis for 0.5 mi. to fork in road. Turn right onto Quinaquisset Ave. and follow for 0.1 mi. to the town-owned Mashpee River Woodlands entrance and parking (4 cars) on right.

Meetinghouse Road Parking Area: From intersection of Rts. 151 and 28, take Rt. 28 East toward Hyannis for 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Meetinghouse Road and follow for 1.7 mi. to entrance and parking (6 cars) on left.


When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours.

FREE to all.

Property History

In the early decades of this century, John W. Farley, an avid fisherman and naturalist, painstakingly acquired contiguous parcels of land along the Mashpee River and established a small camp and canoe launch before donating his land to The Trustees of Reservations.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift of J. W. Farley in 1959. Additional land given by Pemberton Whitcomb in 1979. Additional land purchased by MLCT in 1998.

Maps and Resources

Download a Mashpee River Reservation trail map.

Planning Your Visit

Community Links

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations


About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land