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A meadow hillside leading to a dark green forest with water in the center.
Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Trails at Tidmarsh

Discover a renewed connection to the natural world as you marvel at nature’s triumphant return while exploring via 4 miles of trails (and more on the way) at Tidmarsh.

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Trail Descriptions

Entrance Trail

Length: ~ 0.4 miles
This trail leads from the parking lot to the Meadow and Ridge Trails. Enjoy shade from the Pitch Pine and Oak Forest as you pass old cranberry bogs. Stop and enjoy the small pond and look for herons and ducks.

Meadow Trail

Length: ~ 0.2 miles
This short trail winds through the restored grassy sandplain community and connects you from the Entrance trail to the Farm Road Ramble and Volunteer’s Trail. It is a great spot to look for butterflies, moths, and other pollinator species.

Farm Road Ramble

Length: ~ 0.3 miles
This old farm road provides a perfect foundation for exploring the wetlands. Stop for a moment on the bridge while crossing over the stream, where you may catch a glimpse of herring swimming upstream in April and May. For a longer adventure, explore Madar Loop and take the spur trail to the pond overlook.

Volunteers’ Trail

Length: ~ 1 mile each way
Named to recognize Mass Audubon’s valuable volunteers, this trail takes you to the farthest reaches of the sanctuary. At the end, enjoy a view across the cattail marsh on one side and the newly restored wetlands on the other. Watch for muskrat and dragonflies in the summer; in the fall and spring, the slow-moving waters are a great place to observe migrating ducks.

Ridge Trail

Length: ~ 0.2 miles
This trail, which brings you to a scenic overlook with a vista of the valley, is a good trail if you have limited time. As you look out, you can see water running through the center of what used to be cranberry bogs. Now restored to a more natural channel, the Beaver Dam Brook flows from Tidmarsh to Plymouth Harbor.

Madar Loop

Length: 0.6 mile loop + 0.1 mile each way optional spur
This loop trail takes you closer to the wetland restoration area where you will look out on a diverse mix of vegetation including cattails that have replaced what was once a monoculture of cranberries. At the center of the loop, a small forested hill provides a clue to the topography of this property before the cranberry era. Watch for ducks, herons, turtles, and frogs before returning to Farm Road Ramble.

All Persons Trail

Length: ~ 1400 feet
This ADA-compliant All Persons Trail is surfaced with a stone dust mixture and is equipped with a navigational post-and-rope guiding system for nearly its entire length. Two different kinds of beads are attached to the rope guide. A spherical bead indicates that an interpretive stop marker is within arm’s reach with the name of the stop in large print and braille. A cube-shaped bead indicates that a multi-use seating area is nearby.
Learn more about the All Persons Trail