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.
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Dover, MA 02030
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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.
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:
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:
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Before Setting Out
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Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on portions of this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.