A marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) perches amidst cattail grasses in wetlands, Massachusetts. © Cheryl Rose - ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS
MA071105_D142 A marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) perches amidst cattail grasses in wetlands, Massachusetts. © Cheryl Rose - ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS © © Cheryl Rose - ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS

Places We Protect

Greene Swamp Preserve

Massachusetts

This preserve boasts a spring-fed cattail swamp, mixed woodlands and wildflowers, and rock outcrops.

Why You Should Visit 

Although named for the 10-acre swamp in the center of the site, the Greene Swamp Preserve includes additional interesting features such as a small stream, talus slopes and interesting rock outcrops on the southern slopes of Bull Hill, one of the peaks making up a distinct forested plateau-like upland east of the Connecticut River known as Mt. Toby. The Mt. Toby area is known locally for its unique geology and unusual plant and animal species. The numerous trails both in and around the Greene Swamp Preserve provide a wonderful escape for hikers, bird-watchers and cross-country skiers. The regional Robert Frost Trail goes through the Preserve.

Why TNC Selected This Site

The preserve is home to several rare plant and animal species as well as a regionally important wetland.

What TNC Has Done/Is Doing

Between 1993 and 2006, TNC protected seven tracts of land to create the Preserve. TNC has also assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commonwealth with additional purchases at the larger Mt. Toby site.

What to See: Plants

There are several types of forest including hemlock, red oak and sugar maple. The wetlands include a cattail swamp, a rich wooded swamp, and a small stream. The wetlands are home to salamanders and turtles, while ravens nest on the cliffs and can be heard regularly.

Preserve Policies

  • Preserve open daily from dawn to dusk
  • Foot traffic only
  • Groups larger than 10 people are asked to coordinate their visit with our Western Massachusetts Program at (413) 229-0232.
  • Please stay on the trail
  • No collecting of plants or animals
  • No pets
  • Carry out all litter
  • No fires, smoking or camping

Accessibility

All reasonable requests for special accommodations will be made with ample notice.

The access via the Robert Frost Trail from Bull Hill Rd is steep in places. The main trail, an old road leading from the end of Clark Mountain Road, may be muddy.

If you have any questions while planning your outing, please contact our Western Massachusetts office at 413-229-0232.