Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"Once open farmland, this reservation now offers wooded trails, open fields, and access to a classic rocky New England beach on the waters of historic Buzzards Bay. Once you arrive at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, from the kiosk at the head of the parking lot you can follow a short connector path to the start of the Bridle Trail. Rolling wide and flat over a swath cut through woods and weeds, the trail bends farther west to meet the Meadow Trail just ahead. This is a great family hike that ends up on a rocky beach where you can hike and hang out. Wheelchair users can access the full length of smooth, firm Bridle Trail (although it can get a bit wet if there has been a lot of rain)." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Best Times
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Dec 2018