Grassy Walks

Holmes Reservation

Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

The Trustees: 617-542-7696

Owned By: The Trustees

The Homes Reservation is a large open field on a gently sloping hillside, overlooking historic Plymouth Harbor. Take a walk around the perimeter (0.6 miles). For a longer excursion, continue along the 1-mile North Plymouth Rail Trail, immediately adjacent.


Before the Revolutionary War, part of this field was known as the “Muster Ground,” where local militia members would gather to practice marching in formation and shooting their muskets. From the hillside, you can look across the water to Plymouth Beach and parts of Duxbury.

This land was within the region of the Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag tribe, who inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth. To learn more about local tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and the Herring Pond Wampanoag both share information on their websites. 

Trail Description

There are no distinct trails, but a mowed walking path is maintained around the 0.6-mile perimeter. Extend your walk on the North Plymouth Rail Trail, at the bottom of the hill.

Habitats and Wildlife

This large sloping field is open on two sides, and bordered on the other two with woodlands. There is a small area of wetlands at the base of the hill. Look for oak, cedar and cherry trees. Part of the Cape Cod Bay watershed, the streams on this property flow east to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Court St, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 26 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking along Robbins Road. Pedestrian access via the North Plymouth Rail Trail.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Cape Cod Bay watershed

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