Parsons Reserve

Weekend of 4/13: Daffodils are about 35% in bloom.

Daffodil Field at Parsons Reserve

What to know during daffodil season:

  • The address to use for GPS is 50 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748.
  • The daffodil field will close on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 PM. Normal dawn to dusk hours resume on Friday, April 26. Please plan your trip accordingly.
  • At the daffodil field, we will ask for a $5 donation per person for those who are not DNRT members (join DNRT here!)
  • Daffodil season is entirely dependent on the weather. Generally, flowers are in bloom from mid-April to early May.
  • Parking is limited. Please park at the Town Landing. If the Landing is full, please proceed south and park in the additional area on the right hand side of the road. There is only space for about 50 cars. Cars parked along the roadside will be ticketed by the Dartmouth Police.
  • We highly recommend visiting at less crowded times. School vacation week (April 16 – April 22) and weekends are busiest and finding parking can be difficult.
  • There is an 8-10 minute hike through the woods from the parking area to the field. This is a very steep trail. Please plan accordingly. This trail is NOT suitable for strollers, wagons, or wheelchairs.
  • Please follow DNRT’s standard Rules & Regulations, found here, as well as these rules for Parsons:
    • 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.

 

Donor : William Parsons

Acreage : 32 acres

Location : Russells Mills Village | View Google Map

Year Acquired : 1992, 1999, and 2005

Access Point : Horseneck Road, just south of Russells Mills Village

Directions : There is limited parking at the Russells Mills Landing on Horseneck Road, just south of Russells 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. During daffodil season, a second parking area is located on the east side of Horseneck Road. About 10 cars can parallel park here. If parking in this lot, please use the southern entrance (with the metal gate) to the Reserve.

Volunteer Stewards : Karen Rocha & Larry Shwartz

Trail Map (pdf file)

Additional Regulations:  No mountain biking and no horseback riding.


Description

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.