58 Pleasant St, Carver, MA 02330, USA
Owned By: Town of Carver
This 242-acre woodland was protected with Community Preservation funds in 2007. It features more than 3 miles of well-marked trails, views of ponds and wetlands, and a remarkable suspension bridge.
Carver adopted the Community Preservation Act in 2006 largely to protect this former agricultural property. There are 5 acres of cranberry bogs on site, managed by volunteers. Be advised that the property directly abuts Route 44. While you can’t easily see the highway, you can certainly hear it in the background.
This land is within the region of the Pokanoket Wampanoag tribe. An ancient Nemasket (Native American) trail passes through the property. According to the Town of Carver’s website, Annasnappet Pond nearby was a central gathering spot for Native American people, due to its sandy soil and natural spring. A 1970’s archaeological dig uncovered ample evidence.
It can be easy to miss the entrance to this property. Look for the very small “Cole Bog” street sign next to the tall wooden fence at 58 Pleasant Street. The parking area is located down a short access road.
The 2-mile blue trail begins as crushed stone but eventually becomes a more natural forest path. It leads straight into the property and then continues in a loop, which connects it to a small cranberry bog. Trail mileage is posted along the way.
From the blue trail, you can access two additional forest/wetland loop trails. The white trail, a 1-mile loop, connects directly to the blue trail in 2 places. The orange trail, a longer loop featuring a remarkable suspension bridge, is accessible from the northeast end of the white loop.
The trails here are generally wide, well-marked, and easy to follow. Some areas are steep, but never for very long. Some sections have rocks and/or roots underfoot. There are occasional stream crossings as well — some with bridges, and some without.
Visit Town of Carver website for additional trail maps.
Habitats and Wildlife
This wooded property features oak, pine, birch, maple, hemlock, and holly trees. There is a 5-acre cranberry bog on site, as well as small ponds, swamps, and other wetland areas. Grumpy’s Brook flows through the site.
Grumpy’s Brook and the other waters on this property flow to the Winnetuxet River. The Winnetuxet River originates in Carver, near the Cole Mill site, and flows west through Plympton and Halifax to the Taunton River.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 242 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking. Look for the small green "Cole Bog" sign at 58 Pleasant Street, Carver.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Benches, bridges, informational kiosk, suspension bridge. There is a picnic table beside the trail around the cranberry bog. Geocache location.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Winnetuxet River (Taunton River watershed)