About Holmes Reservation
From this broad, sloping field just outside downtown Plymouth, gaze across the historic harbor the Pilgrims entered four centuries ago.
What makes Holmes Reservation a special place?
This open, grassy field located on a busy thoroughfare in the heart of Plymouth is a treasured piece of open space in an otherwise developed city center.
From the top of the field, you can take in distant views of Plymouth Harbor, Duxbury Beach, Clark’s Island, and Gurnet Point. At the foot of the field is a small woodland bounded by abandoned tracks of the Old Colony Railroad. And, don't miss the beach nearby – it’s a great spot for kids to explore.
Before the Revolutionary War, a section of the reservation's field was part of a famous “Muster Ground.” Plymouth farmers in the militia would gather here to practice shooting their muskets and marching in formation.
There are no formal trails. Easy walking.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of half an hour.
Regulations & Advisories
There is no formal parking lot for the property. Parking is available on adjoining side streets.
Court Street and Robbins Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Rt. 3, take Exit 7. Turn right onto Cherry St. traveling east toward Plymouth Harbor. Follow for 0.7 mi. and turn right onto Court St. (Rt. 3A). Follow for 0.4 mi. Reservation is on left. Just before the Reservation, turn left onto Robbins Rd. and park along roadside.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of .5 hour.
FREE to all.
Before the Revolutionary War, a section of the Reservation’s field was part of a famous “Muster Ground.” Plymouth farmers in the militia would gather here to practice shooting their muskets and marching in formation.
The Reservation is named for the Holmes family, who owned the land for many years before donating it to The Trustees of Reservations.
Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift, with endowment, of Francis C. and Miss Helen M. Holmes in 1944. Additional land given by Plymouth Cordage Co. in 1955. Additional land purchased in 1959.
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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