Cole Conservation Land

58 Pleasant St, Carver, MA 02330, USA

Town of Carver: (508) 866-3400

Owned By: Town of Carver

Cole Conservation Land in Carver is a 242-acre woodland with more than 3 miles of well-marked trails, views of ponds and wetlands, and a remarkable suspension bridge. It was protected with Community Preservation funds in 2007.


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.

To learn more about local tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mashpee Wampanoag and the Herring Pond Wampanoag share information on their websites.

Trail Description

It can be easy to miss the entrance to this property. Look for the very small, green “Cole Bog” 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 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.

  • A photograph of an entrance road with two property signs.
  • A photograph of a small green road sign beside a tall fence.
  • A photograph of an informational kiosk beside a gated trailhead.
  • A photograph of a wide trail through a forest.
  • A photograph of a bench and a property sign beside a trail with a forest in the background.
  • A photograph of a stream through a wetland.
  • A photograph of a trail beside a cranberry bog with scattered trees.
  • A photograph of a picnic table with trees in the background.
  • A photograph of a trail through a forest with colorful blazes on one tree.
  • A photograph of a trail through a forest of tall pine trees.
  • A photograph of a bench beside a trail, in a forest.
  • A photograph of a forest trail overlooking a pond.
  • A photograph of a trail through a forest. There are colorful signs on one tree.
  • A photograph of a wooden suspension bridge over a stream in a forest.
58 Pleasant St, Carver, MA 02330, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: 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.

Cost: Free

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)