Parsons Reserve

Parsons Reserve

* The 2014 Daffodil Season is over.  If you enjoyed your visit, please help us keep this Reserve beautiful by joining DNRT today.  Thank you to all those who joined DNRT this year or made a $2 donation at the field!

In addition to DNRT’s standard Rules & Regulations:
• Stay on the defined trail at all times!
• Do not step on the daffodils – if they are crushed, they will die.
• Do not pick the daffodils.
• No commercial photography, no accessories (such as freestanding lights), and no props (such as chairs and balloons) are allowed.
• Dogs must be on leash and all dog waste must be removed.

Donor : William Parsons

Acreage : 32 acres

Location : Russell’s Mills Village

Year Acquired : 1992, 1999, and 2005

Access Point : Horseneck Road, just south of Russell’s Mills Villagecropped sign

Directions : See Map Walkers may park at the Russell’s Mills Landing on Horseneck Road, just south of Russell’s Mills Village. After parking, you can cross Horseneck Road north of the tennis courts and look for the Parsons Reserve sign over the new wooden fence. The trail goes up the hill into the woods.  The daffodil fields are about an 8 minute walk.

Volunteer Steward : sign up

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Description

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The Parsons Reserve is a lovely and ecologically significant property. Destruction Brook meanders through the property on its way to Slocums River, the floodplain cutting a wide swath between the towering rock outcroppings that dominate portions of the Reserve. A fecund vernal pool provides habitat for a variety of common and rare species. Wild turkeys roost in the oaks along the edge of the pool, and the beautiful beech grove nearby provides shelter for picnickers. Salamanders, wood frogs and rare plants call the place home, and deer wander the paths, foraging on the young shoots of briars and other understory plants. On the northern end of the property a wooded glade fills with hundreds of daffodils every spring. The Reserve’s southern trail to Horseneck Road is dotted with mature rhododendrons planted by Mr. Parsons when he acquired the property in the 1960s.

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