Walk the Bioreserve

At 14,000 acres the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve offers a seemingly endless network for trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross skiing. Stretching across the entire eastern half of Fall River the Bioreserve is large enough to sustain the native biodiversity of this region, from the dominant pine oak forest to the rare Atlantic white cedar swamps; from the nearly 100 species of birds to the threatened marbled salamander. The landscape also has a rich history and offers recreational opportunities suiting a range of interests.

Click below to access a full trail map of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve:


Parking Access off of Indian Town Road in Westport – Take Blossom Road from Fall River. Reference map for exact parking location

Key features of the Bioreserve:

Significant natural features:


  • 17 ponds and the Copicut Reservoir
  • 6 named streams, including the headwaters of the east branch of the Westport River
  • 12 confirmed vernal pools; 188 identified potential vernal pool locations
  • Diverse natural upland, wetland, and aquatic communities, including rare habitat such as Atlantic white cedar swamps and pitch pine-scrub oak barrens
  • 16 known species listed as rare, threatened, endangered, or of special concern
  • 92 documented species of birds
  • 291 documented species of vascular plants

Significant historical and cultural features:


  • In the 1930s the Freetown/Fall River State Forest contained two Civilian Conservation Corps camps
  • The Acts of 1939 established a 227.5 acre Wampanoag Reservation in the state forest on the site of one of the CCC camps
  • In the 1700s and early 1800s, a grist mill and saw mill operated at Doctors Mill Pond, the headwaters of Rattlesnake Brook. In about 1840 an acid mill began producing acid for the textile industry
  • From the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, the Fall River Granite Company operated a quarry in the forest; stones from this quarry were used to construct the city’s textile mills, Fort Adams in Newport, RI, and the state house in Albany, NY

Source: Green Futures (http://www.greenfutures.org/projects/green/biofacts.html)