Places to Explore — South East

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries in the South East area. 

Nature Center & Trails

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Allens Pond beach trail © Linda Lapre
© Linda Lapre

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: South Dartmouth & Westport
Trails: 7 miles

Spans hundreds of acres of protected beach, fields, woodlands, pond, and marsh and features an extensive trail system with ocean and pond views. Details >

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

North River Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Marshfield
Trails: 2.5 miles

Named for the state-designated Scenic River that winds along its northern boundary, this sanctuary's fields, oak forest, and salt marsh attract a wide variety of birds. Details >

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Homeschool students going ponding at Oak Knoll © Mary Whitty
© Mary Whitty

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Attleboro
Trails: 1.5 miles

Just minutes from downtown Attleboro, explore wooded trails and a boardwalk winding through a red maple swamp and freshwater marsh, and around the lake’s perimeter. Details >

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Restored cold stream at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Plymouth
Trails: 3 miles

Once a working cranberry farm, this 450-plus acre landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast. Details >

Trails Only

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Attleboro
Trails: 3 miles

Once a center for healing, complete with herb gardens, Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary has long been a place for renewal and contemplation. Details > 

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Northern Harrier at Daniel Webster © Sean P. Carey
Northern Harrier © Sean P. Carey

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Marshfield
Trails: 3.5 miles

Take in the panoramic views of the grasslands, traverse wetlands via boardwalks, and stop by an observation blind to watch sunning turtles and a multitude of wetland birds in the shallow pond. Details >

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Wareham
Trails: 4 miles

Wandering through pine forest on old carriage roads and deer paths, you may encounter a roosting great horned owl or a wading heron at the marsh edge. Details >

North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Duxbury
Trails: 5 miles

Situated within Duxbury’s Eastern Greenbelt, 1,000 acres of contiguous open space. Here, a clearly marked trail system circles the 90-acre pond and travels through oak and pine woodlands and wetlands. Details >