The Nook Preserve

Wildlands Trust - The Nook Preserve, 66 Howlands Ln, Kingston, MA 02364, USA



Owned By: Wildlands Trust

Small property with woodland trails and a view of the Jones River.


Located close to the mouth of the tidal Jones River, in earlier times this property was favored by Native American settlers for summer encampments. More recently it was used by European settlers as farmland and pasture. Old stone walls still stand at the perimeter, and at the edge of the marsh. The property was donated to the Wildlands Trust in 1992 by Mary C. Cherry.

Diagonally across the street is a historic memorial  John Howland, a Pilgrim.

Trail Description

A trail leads for about 1/3 mile through the woods to the edge of the marsh. About halfway down, there is a loop that includes a wooden bench with a beautiful view the Jones River. The medium-width trail is relatively flat and easy to follow.

Habitats and Wildlife

Maple and red cedar trees abound at this small but engaging property on the banks of the Jones River. There are also some very large pine trees, plus up-close views of the salt marsh. Look for wild geranium, an uncommon plant that is present here, perhaps because of the calcium-rich soil.

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 just downstream of this property.

Wildlands Trust - The Nook Preserve, 66 Howlands Ln, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 17.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on Howlands Lane, across from Leigh Road.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Informational kiosk, one bench overlooking the Jones River.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes