Titicut Reservation, Taunton River - Bridgewater, MA
Posted by: NorStar
N 41° 56.167 W 070° 59.859
19T E 334390 N 4644613
Quick Description: One of the most scenic stretches of the Taunton River, designated in 2009, is where it makes a sharp bend within the Titicut Reservation.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/5/2012 7:32:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMEC1C
In Bridgewater is a stretch of the Taunton River that is the among the most scenic and wild in the watershed. This location is at the Titicut Reservation, a conservation area managed by the town of Bridgewater.
The location is along Beech Street. I accessed it by traveling from U.S. Route 44 to Richmond Street (turning into Vernon Street), then, after crossing the Taunton River, I turned left onto Beech Street. The waymark is at the entrance to the reservation.
Parking at the conservation land is limited (maybe three spaces at the fire road). You might park along the road, but it is narrow, so be careful.
There is a kiosk as you enter, which has a lot of great information about the area. There was a lot of Native American and early European activity in the reservation. In the 1950s an archaeological study unveiled artifacts and buried remains, giving insight on the people who came to this location. In the 1800s there was a shipyard. All this is detailed on the Taunton River Watershed website. I could not find specific information about mileage of 'scenic' and 'wild' parts. In the stewardship plan on the watershed website, it stated that there are 14.5 'natural' miles, and that is what I used below. To me, scenic could include industrial locations, so 'my' definition of scenic miles could be longer.
After entering the reservation, it is a short walk to one of the best lookout areas. There is a road off to the left that leads to the river shore, but if you pass this one and take the next left, you will walk through a campsite area and come to the edge of a bluff where you can see the entire bend in the river. Twice now, I have arrived at this location near sunset and have witnessed beautiful reflections of the maroon colored clouds in the absolutely still water.
The Taunton River is a case of a river behing rehabilitated. The most natural portions are in the upper part of the watershed in the Bridgwater and East Taunton area; however, the river still contains other natural elements, including estuaries toward the mouth of the river, near Naragansett Bay. There is evidence of industrial activity all along the watershed, including very early ironworks, mills, shipyards, and factories. Most of these industries have disappeared. However, if not 'untouched,' there are so many natural aspects of the river, and the river was designated as a "Wild and Scenic" river in March 2009.
Number of WILD miles: 14.5
Number of SCENIC miles: 14.5
Number of RECREATIONAL miles: 14.5
River Link: [Web Link]
Support documentation: [Web Link]
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