Places We Protect

Greene Swamp Preserve

A close up of a marsh wren amongst grasses and reeds.
Among the Grasses A marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) perches amidst cattail grasses in wetlands, Massachusetts. © Cheryl Rose

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

Overview

Description

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, birdwatchers 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 State of Massachusetts with additional purchases at the larger Mt. Toby site.

Access

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Highlights

A regionally important wetland, several types of forest, and native animals including salamanders, turtles and ravens.

Size

153 acres

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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.