Outdoor Recreation in Dover

Caryl Park

Caryl Park

Dover has many areas available for passive and active recreation.

Dover has open space for recreation owned by the Town of Dover, Parks and Recreation, Conservation Commission, The Trustees of Reservations, Hale Reservation, Dover Land Conservation Trust and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Elm Bank Reservation).

More information can be found on their websites, including information on off-road bicycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.

Structured recreation programs are offered by the Dover Town Library and the Parks and Recreation Department. Parks and Recreation manage the walking trails, playing fields, tot playground, tennis courts and basketball court at Caryl Park, located off of Dedham Street, and the playing fields at Chickering Field, across the street from Caryl Park.

 

Recreational Opportunities

biking Bicycling off-road is available at Noanet Woodlands and Hale Reservation. It is not permitted on the Wylde Woods property. Please check their websites for detailed information.    
boat Boat Landings for access to the Charles River are located on Riverside Drive off of Claybrook Road under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department, and on Bridge Street under the management of the Conservation Commission. Starting at the bridge on the Dover/Sherborn line, the boundary of the Bridge Street property managed by the Conservation Commission runs for nearly 400 feet along the Charles River and 380 feet along Bridge Street. It is an excellent place to launch a canoe in the river. Parking is limited.    
dog_walking Dog Walking is allowed at some of the open space properties in Dover. It is not permitted at Caryl Park. In all cases it is expected that dog owners will have control of their pet. Please check the individual property websites listed on this page for details.    
fishing_pole Fishing can be done from various access points to the Charles River, at Channing Pond off of Springdale Avenue, and at Hale Reservation. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a fishing license for fishing in the Charles River. This can be obtained at the Dover Town Clerk’s officeand at various retail outlets.    
horses Horseback riding is allowed at Noanet Woodlands, Hale Reservation and Wylde Woods. Please check their websites for detailed information . Riding is also available through the Norfolk Hunt Club.    
caryl-playground Playgrounds can be found at Caryl Park, with a smaller one behind the Caryl Community Center, across from the Dover Town House on Springdale Avenue.    
chickering-playfields-sign-300x225 Playfields. The Chickering Playfields are located off of Dedham Street in Dover, just behind the Chickering Elementary School. They are located right across the street from Caryl Park.    
tennis Tennis courts are available at Caryl Park and the Dover-Sherborn Regional School campus.    

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Open Space for Walking in Dover 

 

Address/Parking

Description

The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR)    
Noanet Woodlands Dedham Street 595 acres, 17 miles of trails. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places. Follow a network of trail across a grand preserve that features woodlands and ponds, a former mill site, and Noanet Peak, which offers views of the Boston skyline. Trails connect to Larrabee Estate (67 acres, Town of Dover) and Hale Reservation (1200 acres).
Powisset Farm 39 Powisset Street, park immediately on your left along the side of the barn.

109 acres, an easy loop trail, less than a mile long extends beyond the farmstead past woodlands and wetlands before returning to the barnyard. A trail spurs lead into adjacent 1,200-acre Hale Reservation and Noanet Woodlands (595 acres) as well as Town of Dover (33 acres). Revived as the site of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, this farm features a trail that explores woodlands, fields, and wetlands.

Pegan Hill Pegan Lane, South Natick- Off Pleasant St, not Farm/Main streets (3 cars) 32 acres, 1-mile trail. Moderate walking. Once the ancestral home of local Native Americans and later a Colonial-era farmscape, this ridgeline is a thickly wooded habitat laced by remnant stone walls.
Chase Woodlands Parking Lot on Farm Street near Glen Street (strict 4 car limit- no on-street parking) 85 acres, 2.5 miles of trails, including a trail extension links to Peters Reservation via a road crossing on Farm Street. The regional Charles River Link Trail passes through. Easy walking. Follow meandering trails through a forest of pine, beech, and hemlock and enjoy what was once a family’s cherished preserve.
Peters Reservation Parking Lot on Farm Street near Glen Street (strict 4 car limit- no on-street parking) 97 acres, 2.5 miles of trails. A delightful paddling destination, this riverside retreat features a mix of natural flora, designed landscape and plantings. The trails and some understory plantings here were laid out by leading landscape architect Fletcher Steele.
New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF)    
Mumford Wildlife Forest Sassamon Road, South Natick Trail System begins at the end of the road. 33 acres. Surrounded by stone walls, this hardwood forest has a good system of trails. This abuts other protected land owned by Massachusetts Audubon and is in close proximity to The Trustees of Reservations’ Pegan Hill (32 acres). The Charles River Link Trail passes through.
Dover Land Conservation Trust (DLCT)    
Snow Hill Pine Street, about a mile south of Centre Street 110 acres, with open walking access. The access road off Pine Street is marked ”Ralph McAllister Fire Tower ” on the right side of Pine Street. Trails connect with the Town of Dover’s Snow Hill (60 acres) to make a lengthy network.
Springdale Field Springdale Avenue 17 acres, field with open walking access.
Bartlett Pines Claybrook Road 21 acres, with open walking access.
The Gregg Property Haven Terrace 42 acres, with open walking access.
The Reidy Property Annie King Lane 8 acres, with open walking access.
The Donnelly Property Hunt Drive 19 acres, with open walking access.
Town of Dover (Conservation Commission)    
Wylde Woods (Centre Street Corridor- Channing, Gibbons, Rice & Wylde Lands) Turn off between #105 & #107 Centre Street (about 3 cars) 200 acres with a network of marked walking trails. X-Country skiing is available in the winter. Bicycling is not permitted.
Snow Hill (Harvey, French & Koch Lands) Turn off at Snow’s Hill Lane by Centre Street (about 3 cars) 60 acres with trails connecting to DLCT’s Snow Hill reservation (110 acres, see above) and climbing Snow Hill to the fire tower site. Trail on left, part way up Snow’s Hill Lane.
Larrabee-Whiting Estate Strawberry Hill Street, parking limited 67 acres with trails that connect with Noanet Woodlands (TTOR) and Hale Reservation.
Charles River Boat Landing Bridge Street at the Charles Put in for canoes, kayaks and other small boats with limited parking.
Town of Dover (Parks and Recreation Commission)    
Caryl Park Parking lots on Dedham Street 83 acre parcel of land, donated to the Town of Dover by George E. Chickering in 1917, designated as a Public Park forever, and to be used for Recreational use. Includes walking trails (no dogs permitted) linked to Noanet Woodlands (TTOR) as well as tot lot, tennis & basketball courts, playing fields and the Caryl House, managed by the Dover Historical Society. For more information visit the Parks and Recreation Website.
Riverside Boat Landing End of Riverside Drive off of Claybrook Road The landing is open only to Dover residents with a residential parking sticker. Stickers may be purchased for $10 per car at the Park and Recreation office.
Channing Pond Springdale Avenue Fishing, including a derby, and ice skating, in winter. For information visit the website.
Other Open Spaces    
Hale Reservation 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA parking available. Consists of about 1200 acres, 625 in Dover and 575 in Westwood, that abut Noanet Woodlands (595 acres). An extensive trail network interconnects with Noanet Woodlands and the Larrabee Estate (67 acres, Town of Dover). Many swimming, camp & other opportunities for families and children.
Elm Bank Reservation Driveway to parking at 900 Washington Street (Route 16) Wellesley, MA Owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The 182 acres of woodlands, fields, and old estate property is surrounded on three sides by the Charles River. The reservation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its many elements of estate landscaping. A variety of wildlife, including deer, thrive in the upland habitats and along the river. The Massachusetts Horticulture Society leases an area of Elm Bank Reservation for their headquarters. There is a canoe/kayak landing.
Medfield State Forest Regional Middle & High School 111 acres in Dover, with trails from the back of the Regional High School fields that lead down to and along the Charles River to the narrows. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
Dover’s Highland Cemetery Centre Street in the Town center The cemetery is open for walking but under their rules and regulations. Please check the Cemetery web page for more information.
Charles River Link Trail, connector to the Bay Circuit Trail Enters from Needham at the Charles River Bridge, joins the Bay Circuit Trail at Hospital Road, Medfield 16-mile regional trail along one of the most scenic parts of the Charles and that will eventually provide a connection between the Bay Circuit Trail in Medfield and downtown Boston. This diverse and spectacular suburban trail, opened in June of 2009, connects 24 open space jewels in six towns – Newton, Wellesley, Needham, Natick, Dover and Medfield.