About Peters Reservation
A delightful paddling destination, this riverside retreat features a mix of natural flora, designed landscape and plantings, and two miles of trails.
What makes Peters Reservation a special place?
Peters Reservation, named for the family who, in 1917, purchased the property as a family retreat, is dominated by an oak and hickory forest. The trails and understory plantings here were laid out by leading landscape architect Fletcher Steele.
A plantation of red pines lines much of the Reservation's frontage on the Charles River. More than two miles of trails traverse woodlands featuring a large, massed planting of Dexter hybrid rhododendrons. A short trail extension on the other side of Farm Road links Peters Reservation to Chase Woodlands.
2.5 miles of trails. Moderate hiking.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 2 hours if also visiting adjacent Chase Woodlands.
Regulations & Advisories
- In cooperation with the Town of Dover, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>
- Watercraft may not be launched from the property. Landing only. Canoe/kayak landing is located on eastern (right) bank of the Charles River, 0.5 mi. north of Bridge St. in Dover.
- No dogs allowed.
- No mountain biking allowed.
Dover, MA 02030
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Points North: I-95/Rt. 128 South, take Exit 21A to Rt. 16 East. Follow left turns for Rt. 16 East. After approx. 5 mi., turn left at Pleasant St. Take 2nd right onto Glen St. for 2.4 mi., then right at Farm St. Follow to entrance and parking on left.
From Points South: I-95/Rt. 128 North, take Exit 16B onto Rt. 109 West for 1 mi. Turn right at Dover Rd. Continue onto Powisset St., then onto Walpole St., and onto Springdale Ave. After 1 mi., turn left at Farm St. to entrance and parking on left. On-street parking is not permitted.
This parking area serves both Chase Woodlands and Peters Reservation. Roadside parking is not permitted in Dover.
A canoe/kayak landing is located on the eastern (right) bank of the Charles River 0.5 mi. north of Bridge St. in Dover.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 2 hours if also visiting Chase Woodlands.
FREE to all
Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift, by bequest, of Jane Peters Guild in 1988. Additional land given by Theodore Chase and Ellen Moot in 1988. Additional land purchased in 1996 by MLCT.
Conservation and Stewardship
Management Planning for Our Properties
Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
- Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources.
- Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.
- Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.
- Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.
View Peters Reservation management plan.
Maps and Resources
Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in Chase Woodlands parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.
Planning Your Visit
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
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