New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches
How to Register
Facility Rental App
Field Permit App
Metal Detector App
Parks & More
Facility by Types
All PRB Info
Summer Food Program
For the best browsing experience, please upgrade to
IE 9 or greater
Explore Our Urban Nature Trails
Kids love to explore nature and find it fascinating when given the opportunity. Wildlife can be found all around us when you take the time to look. Use your five senses to explore these habitats with your family and friends. Observe the change in seasons up close as you hike the trails and become familiar with the plants and animals that live there.
Now you can download trail maps and access trail guides.
Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail
The Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail has new boardwalks and amenities to enhance your experience. The trails are approximately 1 mile long and will take you past a certified vernal pool, a pond, the head of the Paskamansett River
and various forest habitats supporting a variety of wild life. Located off New Plainville Rd with parking on Falmouth St.
Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail
The Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail is located in Pulaski Park in the city’s north end. The trails are approximately 1 mile long and take you past a certified vernal pool and through varied forest habitats including a rocky wetland. Parking is available on Jordan St. off Acushnet Ave.
Ricketson’s Nature Trail Map
Ricketson’s Nature Trail is located in Brooklawn Park. This nature trail is located in a dense urban area and features unique woodland perennials and wildlife. This historic trail dates back to Daniel Ricketson’s residence in the 1800’s. We know that Ricketson cut out paths in the woods in October of 1855. You can walk the same trails that Henry David Thoreau would have walked while visiting Ricketson.
Please enjoy the trails. Remember --Take only photos, leave only footprints.