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Frank Knowles and Little River Reserve

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Frank Knowles and Little River Reserve
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
Potomska Road
Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748
Frank Knowles and Little River Reserve webpage
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Coordinates: 41.5512339, -70.9770807
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About Frank Knowles and Little River Reserve
The Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve is part of a 500-acre block of publicly accessible protected land surrounding the headwaters of Dartmouth’s Little River. The Reserve includes 5 parcels acquired by DNRT between 1996 and 2010. The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust also manages the trails on the adjacent town-owned McBratney property. Together these properties offer an abundance of ecological, recreational, and historical outdoor experiences.

Visitors can explore nearly 9 miles of hiking trails that wind through wetlands covered with ferns and mossy boulders, hillsides dominated by hulking yellow birch and white pine, glades of austere beeches, wide expanses of salt marsh, and old fields teeming with wildflowers and bird-life. A network of stone walls and several historic farmhouse and barn foundations harken back to the days when farms covered the land. The large contiguous forest areas make excellent wildlife habitat, including breeding habitat for bird species such as barred owl, wood thrush, and veery.

The trailhead for the Frank Knowles-Little River Reserve is marked by a Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust sign and kiosk on the east side of Potomska Road (next to a small parking area). The parking lot and the trailhead are 0.7 mile south of the intersection of Potomska, Rock O’Dundee, and Gaffney roads.
From Frank Knowles and Little River Reserve webpage