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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.