Places to Explore South of Boston

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries South of Boston. At three sanctuaries with nature centers, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable staff members and volunteers will be happy to help you make the most of your visit!

Nature Center & Trails

Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Beach trail at Allens Pond © 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 serves as the base for South Shore Sanctuaries (which includes Daniel Webster and North Hill Marsh). Details >

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 

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 >

Just Trails

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 at La Salette has long been a place for renewal and contemplation. Details > 

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

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 >

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 

Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Plymouth
Trails: 3 miles

Opening late November 2017. Once a working cranberry farm, this 450-plus acre landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast. Details >