Forest Trails

Marshall Joyce Wildlife Sanctuary

7 River St, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

Owned By: Town of Kingston

Very small parcel of woodland adjacent to the Jones River and Mulliken’s Landing in Kingston. There is a picnic area planned for this site.


Named for Marshall Woodside Joyce, painter and teacher best known for his seascapes, ships, landscapes and coastal scenes. Joyce was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1912 and died at the age of 86 at his home in Kingston, MA in 1998. The conservation property was established in 2008 with Community Preservation funds. This land is 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.

Trail Description

A very short (0.05 mile) trail leads into the woods, to the edge of the marsh.

Habitats and Wildlife

This small woodland, with hemlock, cedar, cherry and oak trees, provides a wildlife corridor between the Jones River and its salt marshes and Bay Farm Conservation Area, across the street.

The Jones River finds its source at Silver Lake and other brooks and springs in Pembroke, Halifax and Kingston. It flows for 7.5 miles through Kingston, and drains into the Atlantic Ocean at Kingston Bay, downstream of this property. Follow the Jones River Watershed Association for more information.

7 River St, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 1.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Park at Mulliken's Landing, next door on River Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Jones River watershed