Thompson St, Halifax, MA 02338, USA
Owned By: Wildlands Trust
A quiet woodland trail (approx. 0.8 miles) with views of the Winnetuxet River. Excellent for birders.
This property is located along the lower Winnetuxet River, and includes views of its floodplain. A large, mature, undeveloped woodland, it provides ideal habitat for as many as 90 species of birds. The name Winnetuxet is sometimes translated as “winding stream” or “a good river for canoes.”
Most of the property was given to the Wildlands Trust by Steven and Brian Striar and Soozen Striar Tribuna in 1999, with additional acreage donated the following year. In addition, Ernest Stevens and Jeanne Wilson Baum donated 3.6 acres in 2018. The Sheehan Family Foundation and L. Knife & Son, Inc. provided funding for the purchase of 6.5 additional acres in 2001.
A meandering trail leads through the woods for a total distance of 1.4 miles. It loops back onto itself at the end.
Habitats and Wildlife
The preserve contains spring-fed streams and a man-made pond, as well as seepage swamps and freshwater marshes. This diversity of habitat supports a wide range of animal and plant species. Some of the birds commonly spotted here include wood duck, woodcock, and ruffed grouse. Upland sandpipers and barn owls have been spotted close-by. Look for state-listed rare species such as the bridle shiner, Coopers hawk, and Mystic Valley amphipod, as well as deer, fox, and river otter.
The Winnetuxet River flows through this property. It is part of the watershed of the Taunton River.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 168 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking on Thompson Street (Route 105). The parking area is located across the street and a little bit southwest of Summit Street.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Bench, interpretive signage.
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)