When: “Daffodil season” is generally from the second week in April through early May, but the timing of the daffodils varies every year. Look for updates on our website. Please drive and walk carefully and respect our neighbors and other visitors! The Reserve is open from sunrise to sunset. Please try to visit when crowds are less (see “Crowds” below).
Cost: We ask all non-members for a $2 donation per person to visit the daffodil field. These donations help us care for this special property. DNRT members and their guests (up to 6 at a time) can visit the daffodil field for no additional charge (members will receive a membership card to bring with them). Members are also invited to a special members-only party at the daffodils on Friday, April 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (at which time the field is closed to the public). To support DNRT’s conservation work and become a member, click here.
Location: The Parsons Reserve is located just south of Russell’s Mills Village in Dartmouth, MA. Click here for a Google map which you can use to get driving directions to parking. Or use “50 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA” as an address.
Parking: Parking is VERY limited. At the Dartmouth Town Landing, please do not block the boat ramp! Walk along the side of the tennis court and use care when crossing the road! If the lot is full, drive approx. 500 feet further south on Horseneck Road and park on the west side of the road by the metal gate which marks the southern entrance to the Reserve. Then enter the southern entrance (by metal gate) and follow trail to get to the daffodils — please do not walk on the road back up to the trail entrance by the Town Landing.
Trails: Please note that all trails to the daffodils are dirt and you will encounter hills, rocks, tree roots, and wet spots – appropriate sturdy footwear is recommended! We also advise leaving your stroller in your car. Be aware that the northern entrance also has a fairly steep hill. (The trail distance from northern entrance to daffodils is about 1/5 mile. The trail distance from southern entrance to daffodils is about 1/3 mile.) Click here for a trail map.
Crowds: Consider coming at “off-peak” visitor times. The busiest days are weekends and during school vacation week (April 18-22, 2016). The busiest time of day is approximately noon to 2:00 pm. The best time to visit is before 10am or after 4pm.
Rules: Our rules are intended to protect the natural resources of the Reserve and make the experience more pleasant for everyone. In addition to DNRT’s standard Reserve rules (found here), please:
* Do not use the property for commercial photography
* Leave photo accessories (tripods, freestanding lights), and props (chairs, balloons, etc.) at home.
* Put your dog on leash throughout the Parsons Reserve and remove all dog waste.
* Stay on the defined trail at all times.
* Do not step on the daffodils.
* Do not pick the daffodils.
Over the past 10 years, the number of visitors to the Parsons Reserve daffodil field has skyrocketed as social media has spread the word about its incredible beauty. In 2015, there were over 12,000 visitors in the period between early April and early May! The large number of visitors has significantly increased wear and tear on the Parsons Reserve, including the trampling of daffodils by people who wander off the narrow paths. DNRT now has to rely on a group of volunteers and temporary staff to protect this incredible resource. We ask that all visitors treat the Reserve with care and respect so that visitors may enjoy the beauty of the daffodils for generations to come.