Beaver Dam Conservation Area

219 Beaver Dam Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

508-830-4162, ext. 12116

Owned By: Town of Plymouth

Wooded 783-acre property in Manomet with pond views and about 2 miles of sometimes-challenging trails.


This land is within the region of the Wampanoag tribe, who in earlier times, maintained a fishing weir at the mouth of Bartlett’s Pond, nearby. The name Manomet has been interpreted to mean “bearing of a burden,” possibly referring to the baskets used by the Wampanoag on trails between their settlements at Patuxet (Plymouth) and Cape Cod. Learn more about the Herring Pond Wampanoag and the Mashpee Wampanoag on their websites.

The Town of Plymouth acquired this land from the Briggs Family in 1975. There is a well-established trail system, marked for the most part with white blazes. Additional unmarked trails exist. Be mindful of private property. There are also short spur trails to both Little Island Pond and Great Island Pond, which offer shore access and some gorgeous views.

Trail Description

This property features a large loop trail. It extends along a wooded hillside, overlooking one side of Little Island Pond, and then makes a brief foray to the edge of Great Island Pond. The second half of the loop leads through the woods farther up the hillside, with numerous ups and downs and relatively challenging elevations. There is also a short spur trail close to the entrance that offers a view of Little Island Pond.

Begin at the Beaver Dam Road kiosk, where there is room to park at least 5 vehicles. Follow the white trail markers either to the pond, or to the loop. It’s up to you, which way to follow the loop. The pond side is flatter and less challenging than the forest side. Along the way, you may see small wooden signs that showcase various aspects of the property, such as flora, fauna, geographic features.

Habitats and Wildlife

The woods here are primarily white pine, but there is also a fair amount of pitch pine, plus oak, beech and birch. Look to the tops of the taller dead trees, where you may find raptors perched. The ponds are kettle hole ponds, formed by large chunks of glacial ice. The property is located in the watershed of Little Island Pond, a kettle hole pond with no outlet.

219 Beaver Dam Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 783 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on Beaver Dam Road, just northeast of the Plymouth Transfer Station.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Medium, Hard


Informational kiosk, interpretive signs, boardwalk. Geocache location.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Little Island Pond

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