where wonder happens
Noanet Woodlands
metro-west Dover, MA
595 acres

Follow a network of trail across a grand preserve that features woodlands and ponds, a former mill site, and Noanet Peak, which offers views of the Boston skyline.

What makes Noanet Woodlands a special place?
We think it’s the more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads you’ll find here for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Enjoy leisurely strolls, mountain biking, and birding – you might even hike to the top of Noanet Peak for terrific views of the Boston skyline.

Kids will especially enjoy the popular Caryl Trail, a 0.5-mi. walk to an old mill site. For a more strenuous trek, ascend Noanet Peak for views of Boston. The trails here link to the 1,200-acre Hale Reservation, a privately owned open space preserve that offers more miles of trail for an extended day of hiking, skiing, or riding in the woods.

In the spring, listen to and look for warblers, thrushes, and other songbirds. Scarlet tanagers and northern orioles are common throughout the summer, while hawks migrate overhead during the fall. The four ponds are home to bluegills, painted turtles, and bullfrogs. Wildflowers, including pink lady's slipper, flowering wintergreen, and marsh marigold, abound in the woods and marsh.

Through the centuries, this almost-600-acre landscape has seen many uses – as preserved space, an early industrial site, and Native American hunting ground. In 1923, Amelia Peabody purchased a nearby farm and over the next six decades acquired hundreds of acres. Miss Peabody regularly encouraged the public to enjoy her property, and became a beloved figure in the community.

Trails
17 miles of trails. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

bird-watchingbird-watching
cross-country-skiing-snowshoeingcross-country-skiing-snowshoeing
huntinghunting
mountain-bikingmountain-biking
dog-walkingdog-walking
fishingfishing
walking-hiking-moderatewalking-hiking-moderate
horseback-ridinghorseback-riding
picnickingpicnicking
  • Regulations & Advisories
  • History
  • Conservation & Stewardship
Announcements & Alerts

Parking at Noanet is limited to 30 cars and can fill up in the busy spring or fall season when the weather is good.  The lot will be closed once it reaches capacity.  Consider arriving earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon during this time.  If full, other Trustees properties, including Rocky Woods and Powisset Farm, are nearby for an equally enjoyable visit!  Parking on the street is strictly prohibited.  Cars may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on portions of this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

The trail network is undergoing changes, which may require trails to be closed or re-routed. Changes will be noted with signs on-site. 

The Hike Trustees Challenge
Take our Hike Trustees challenge and see just how far you can go. Get outside, win prizes.
Discover More Places
Powisset Farm
Dover, MA

Rocky Narrows
Sherborn, MA

Noon Hill
Medfield, MA