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Cornell Farm Dartmouth, MA
130 acres

About Cornell Farm

Roam from pasture and planted fields through a small woodland before emerging at the edge of a serene salt marsh near the head of the tidal Little River.

What makes Cornell Farm a special place?
This South Coast jewel of cultivated uplands, mixed forest, and pristine marsh linked by a salt creek to Buzzards Bay was cherished by a single family for more than 150 years.

This deep connection to the land was passed down by the Cornells through five generations – and now it can be appreciated by the public. Thanks to efforts by the family, The Trustees, and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), Cornell Farm not only continues as a familiar and active agricultural landscape, but enjoys an expanded role as ecological, recreational, and educational resource for all who visit.

Observe the natural wonders of the growing season, from planting to harvest. Explore a trail that descends through woodlands of pine and oak before emerging at a serene salt marsh at the head of the Little River. Or just find a quiet place to call your own for a while, stretch out, and be thankful for a property that so naturally merges the community’s past and present.

Trails
An old farm road and footpaths extend westward from the farmstead through a forest that leads you to the edge of a broad marshland at the head of the Little River.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • Seasonal hunting is allowed by permission only. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • Please respect on-going agricultural activities at this property and adjacent farms.

Directions

Smith Neck Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748
Tel: 508.636.4693
Email: seregion@ttor.org

Latitude: 41.557
Longitude: -70.955

Get driving directions on Google.

From I-195 Exit 12, travel south on Faunce
Corner Mall Rd. to Rt. 6. Take a left onto
Rt. 6 East, then first right onto Tucker Rd.
Travel 3 mi. to intersection with Russell Mills
Rd. Continue straight onto Bakerville Rd.
and follow to end. Turn left onto Rock
O’Dundee Rd. Follow to end. Turn right
onto Smith Neck Road. Cornell Farm
parking is 500 yards ahead on the right.

Admission

FREE to all

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Property History

The Cornell Farm dates to the middle of the 19th century, when Abraham Cornell purchased his first parcel in 1844. Cornell had sold his inheritance at Michaum Point on Buzzards Bay, which included a salt works, in order to purchase the land. (His house and barn still stand today just south of The Trustees’ property.) The farm, which would be home to five generations of Cornells, became a major source of produce for the region and, later, a dairy.

Property Acquisition History
The Trustees and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust worked cooperatively with the Cornell Family to protect this land. In 2009, the family generously agreed to a bargain sale of a majority of their farm. A grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through its North American Wetlands Conservation Act Program and a grant from the Town of Dartmouth’s Community Preservation Act program served as a catalyst for the generous private donations from community members and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Maps and Resources

Learn more about conservation work in Dartmouth through the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust.

Download the trail map. (pdf)



Planning Your Visit

Travel Links
New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Links
SouthCoastToday


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

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by bling on: April 18, 2014
My running partner and I visited the trail this morning around 6 am and we both were blown away with how nicely the trail was done. Not to mention how peaceful it was. We both felt fortunate to have this available to us. We will be back to visit with our families.The kids are going to love it!! Thank you.



Submitted by Nelson on: August 29, 2010
The Cornell Farm is a unique site! Although the edges of the agricultural areas are somewhat overrun with invasive species, the mixed forest boasts an understory of American holly (Ilex opaca) with some specimens attaining heights of at least 40 feet. A clearing at the end of the forest also provides stunning, panoramic views of the adjacent salt marsh.



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Announcements & Alerts

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

Upcoming Things To Do
Saturday, October 11
Dog walk the South Coast

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