Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
94 Brandt Island Road, Mattapoisett
Sunrise to sunset, year round

This 371-acre, state-owned parcel features six trails, drawing all types of outdoor explorers – from active hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers to locals looking to take a stroll with their dogs. All trails lead to the reservation’s most beautiful feature: the shoreline of Nasketucket Bay, with views of West Island and the shining waters of Buzzards Bay beyond. 

You can download a trail map here: Nasketucket Bay Reservation Trails.

Within the property, a mixed forest of pine, oak, beech, birch, and remarkably tall holly trees creates a sheltered environment for birds, reptiles, and woodland mammals. There are three vernal pools hidden in the woods, which provide critical habitat for breeding frogs and salamanders. Along the shoreline, you can see whelk, oyster, and clam shells strewn among the rocks – a sign of the wealth of shellfish life in these clean, healthy waters.

There is a large gravel parking area. For additional access, the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Shaw Farm Trail connects the reservation with the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven.

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