Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

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Once wide-open grazing land for sheep, the rolling meadowlands comprising this reservation provide bountiful natural habitat for wildflowers and migrating birds along Buzzards Bay. From nearby Fairhaven, Herman Melville embarked on the whaling expedition that would shape the classic Moby-Dick. After passing through the stone wall, you'll immediately turn right away from a trail map board to your left on a level stone dust trail surrounded by oak, swamp maple, tall grass, and small pine saplings on either side. Once a farm road, the trail bed is now bordered by a band of meadow on either side, which soon becomes wetter and more of a wooded marsh on either side within the trees. During spring, tall spikes of purple Veronica and, come July, bushes loaded with ripened blueberries populate and fringe the overgrown meadow grasses.
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by Steve Mirsky (Falcon Guides)

Once wide-open grazing land for sheep, the rolling meadowlands comprising this reservation provide bountiful natural habitat for wildflowers and migrating birds along Buzzards Bay. From nearby Fairhaven, Herman Melville embarked on the whaling expedition that would shape the classic Moby-Dick.

After passing through the stone wall, you'll immediately turn right away from a trail map board to your left on a level stone dust trail surrounded by oak, swamp maple, tall grass, and small pine saplings on either side. Once a farm road, the trail bed is now bordered by a band of meadow on either side, which soon becomes wetter and more of a wooded marsh on either side within the trees. During spring, tall spikes of purple Veronica and, come July, bushes loaded with ripened blueberries populate and fringe the overgrown meadow grasses.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Fairhaven
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

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