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A tall white bird sticks out in a green saltmarsh. A channel of open water cuts through the center of the marsh.
Allens Pond, South Dartmouth

Accessibility at Allens Pond

Mass Audubon strives to create a welcoming presence for a wide range of visitors, including making our sanctuaries and nature centers more accessible for all to enjoy. At Allens Pond, you will find the following accessible features.

Accessibility Features

  • Bathroom
  • Universally Accessible All Persons Trail

All Persons Trail

The All Persons Trail is located at the Stone Barn entrance. Starting off on a level gravel path with the guide rope on the left side, you will travel through woodland, and then to a wetland boardwalk. Trail surfacing consists of a combination of mixed stone, a grass paving material, and some boardwalks. There are no stairs, and the surfacing, width, and slope are ADA-compliant.

There are 13 stops along the trail, clearly marked by three-foot tall signposts with a stop name and number in raise lettering print and braille.

Spherical beads indicate an interpretive stop. Square floats indicate the locations of seating nearby. A disc-shaped bead indicates a reflection stop intended for the end of your trail visit.

Please Note: All trails are open year-round; however trails are not maintained during winter weather so surfaces and footing may be slippery.

Boardwalk with guide rope on the All Persons Trail at Allens Pond
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance

The trail is a half-mile linear trail, going from the parking area to the vernal pool platform, and back to the parking area.

Features

  • Post and rope guided trail
  • Historic barn
  • Sensory garden
  • Boardwalk overlooking seasonal wetlands
  • Tactile displays

Print Guides

Audio Tour

The audio tour is available to listen to or download onto your personal audio player. The audio tour is also available on an audio player that you can arrange to borrow by contacting us in advance by phone at 508-636-2437 or by emailing [email protected].

download 1 - Welcome (3.2 MB)
download 2 - Stone Walls (4 MB)
download 3 - Stone Barn (3.2 MB)
download 4 - Sensory Garden (3.3 MB)
download 5 - Field Habitat (5 MB)
download 6 - Managing Fields (3.7 MB)
download 7 - Changes (3.7 MB)
download 8 - Owls (3.5 MB)
download 9 - Vernal Pool (Part One) (3.4 MB)
download 10 - Vernal Pool (Part Two) (4 MB)
download 11 - Reflections (Part One) (2.1 MB)
download 12 - Reflections (Part Two) (1.4 MB)
download 13 - Reflections (Part Three) (2.7 MB)
 

Sensory Garden Plant List

  • Northern Sea Oats
  • Blue Wild Indigo
  • Blazing Star
  • Bee Balm
  • Blazing Star "Kobold"
  • Spice Bush
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Lamb's Ear
  • Herbs

Thank You

Thank you to Jerry Berrier, Perkins School, Allens Pond volunteers, TerraCorps Service members, Sylvia Guthrie, Alvarium Foundation, Lang Elliot, Chris Arsenault, and Ted Franklin for their generous support in developing and opening this All Persons Trail.