Parsons Reserve

The 2017 Daffodil Season has ended.  035

At the field, we will ask for a $2 donation per person for those who are not DNRT members (you can join DNRT here).

Parking is VERY limited.  We highly recommend visiting at less crowded times (click here for more information on directions, parking, and crowds).   There is an 8-10 minute walk over dirt trails from the parking area to the field.  Please plan accordingly.

In addition to DNRT’s standard Rules & Regulations:
Stay on the 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 throughout the entire Reserve and all dog waste must be removed.

** For more information on visiting the Parsons Reserve during daffodil season, click here.

Donor : William Parsonscropped sign

Acreage : 32 acres

Location : Russell’s Mills Village

Year Acquired : 1992, 1999, and 2005

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

Directions :  Click here for Google Map for directions. Or search for 50 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA.  There is limited parking at the Russell’s Mills Landing on Horseneck Road, just south of Russell’s Mills Village. After parking, you can carefully cross Horseneck Road north of the tennis courts and look for the Parsons Reserve sign over the wooden fence. The trail goes up the hill into the woods. 

Volunteer Steward(s) : Jim Forbush/Larry Shwartz

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Additional Regulations:  No mountain biking and no horseback riding.


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The Parsons Reserve is a lovely and ecologically significant property. Destruction Brook meanders through the property on its way to Slocum’s 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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