The Eel River Preserve was is the product of a joint effort of numerous local, state, and federal agencies. 1.5 miles of the Eel River stream channel and 40 acres of cranberry bogs were restored to their native status. 17,000 Atlantic White Cedar trees were planted which will, upon maturity, make the Preserve the largest Atlantic White Cedar swamp in the state. A flat 2 mile trail walks the perimeter of the Preserve, beginning at the trailhead located at the corner of Long Pond Road and Boot Pond Road. Additional trails extend into the woods at the southern end of the Preserve. Here, the property abuts that owned by the Nature Conservancy. Trails connect and allow for access via the Conservancy property to Hoyt Pond.
The Preserve also extends across Long Pond Road, following the route of the Eel River; here, the Preserve enters wooded upland. A major feature of the restoration project can be seen here as an old dam was removed and a beautiful pedestrian footbridge installed in its place. This bridge provides incredible views of the restored river, as well as opportunities to view wildlife ranging from white-tailed deer, to red-tailed hawks. This bridge also connects the Eel River Preserve to the Russel Mill Pond Preserve while provides miles of additional walking trails.The Russell Mill Pond Conservation Area, is a 68 acre area along the east side of Russell Mill Pond. The Preserve abuts the Eel River Preserve and miles of trails wander through upland woods and along the coast of Russell Mill Pond.
Directions to parking area Eel River Preserve Side: mapquest map
Directions to parking area Russell Mill Pond: Parking available at the South Eastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) headquarters located at 204 Long Pond Road.