Thread your way through woodlands and cross open fields that descend to one of the state’s loveliest tidal rivers. Watch for great blue herons and other waders in the shallows, and northern harriers overhead.
What makes Slocum's River Reserve a special place?
We think it’s the variety of natural environments – woods, fields, and tidal river – visitors can experience, all within 47 acres. A longtime coastal farm and one of many such agricultural tracts that define South Dartmouth, the reserve offers a glimpse into the town's rural heritage, and offers spectacular views of the South Coast and Buzzards Bay.
One of the sensory delights of Slocum’s River Reserve is the heady salt air that wafts in from the ocean and up the meandering channel. From Angelica's Overlook on a clear day, the eye can take in the sparkling river, Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands, and, on the far southeast horizon, even the shimmering cliffs of Martha's Vineyard.
Visitors can amble along two miles of woodland trails before reaching the western shoreline of the river, an expanse of tidal flats. More than 3,000 feet of critical shoreline and saltmarsh habitat have been protected here.
Visitors looking to enjoy a longer walk that explores the uplands just above the tidal lands can follow a trail that loops around the adjacent Dartmoor Farm Wildlife Management Area, a property of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The 3.6-mile route passes through a thick forest of pine and oak.
The Trustees of Reservations and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) jointly own and manage the property.
Two miles of trails cross the reservation and connect to trail easements over an adjoining 60 acres of private land. Easy walking.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours.
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.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
Telephone: 508.636.4693 (Trustees); 508.991.2289 (DNRT)
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Rt. 140 South, turn right onto Rt. 6 West. At third set of traffic lights, turn left onto Old Westport Rd. and follow for 0.4 mi. Bear left onto Chase Rd. and follow for 3.6 mi. to end. Turn right onto Russells Mills Rd. and follow for 1 mi. through Russells Mills Village and straight onto Horseneck Rd. Follow for 1.4 mi. to entrance and parking (10 cars) on left. Roadside parking is not permitted.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hrs.
FREE to all
Fields and pasture, and stone walls and woods roads that crisscross the property, bear witness to the agricultural uses and settlement that dominated this area for three centuries.
Property Acquisition History
Purchased in 2000 with co-owner Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.
Trail maps are available at the kiosk at the reservation or you can download a copy (PDF) here. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.
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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