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Preble Property

Owned By: NSRWA

The Preble Family deeded this 50-acre parcel of marsh and barrier beach to the NSRWA in 1975. The marsh protects the nesting grounds for the Piping Plover. Pedestrian access via a path at the corner of Collier and Moreland Roads, Scituate, but no public parking. Features a 0.12-mile walkway that leads to The Spit. Best access is during low tide.


This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.

Trail Description

Look for the driveway at 78 Moorland Road, which leads to a short staircase and a 0.12-mile boardwalk across the marsh. Follow the boardwalk and trail to The Spit, but make sure you go at low tide or you’ll get your feet wet! At higher tides, the trail is usually flooded.

Habitats and Wildlife

Many native species thrive in the salt marsh. Fish enter the North River through New Inlet (the river mouth) and travel up creeks into the Preble Property. The presence of fish attracts many bird species, such as blue heron and osprey, who hunt for fish as they travel upriver. The Preble Property is part of the North River watershed.

The North River, approximately 10 miles in length, begins at the confluence of the Indian Head River (Hanover) and Herring Brook (Pembroke). From there it flows through the towns of Hanover, Pembroke, Marshfield, Norwell, and Scituate. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean between Third and Fourth Cliffs, draining approximately 59,000 acres along the way.

42.170657, -70.718115

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 50 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: No public parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: North River

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