About the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary

This 32 acre property is part of a 230 acre rare deep-forest core-habitat stretching from Jerusalem Road to Sohier Street and from LIttle Harbor to the western side of Forest Avenue. In it are tall pines, oaks, holly trees, walking/hiking paths, vernal pools, wetlands, birds, rare and endangered species and geological formations. The towering trees and glacial rock formations provide wildlife habitat and awe inspiring scenic beauty for human visitors.

Use: passive recreation, hiking trails, wildlife habitat

Steward: Clark Brewer & Sarah Charron

Location: abuts Wheelwright Park

Public Access: through Wheelwright Park entrances located on Forest Avenue and North Main Street

Parking: limited off road at the Forest Avenue entrance; multi-car parking at the North Main Street Entrance





Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Town of Cohasset purchased this 32-acre property from the Barnes family in 2003. The purchase was a collaborative community undertaking and funding came from various sources: MBTA  mitigation money incidental to renewing the commuter railroad right of way; a Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Management Self-Help grant; the Cohasset Water Department; public donations; and the CCT which, in addition to contributing funding, matched public contributions dollar for dollar. The acquisition of the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary stands as a textbook case of town-wide collaboration.

While town-owned, the CCT holds the Conservation Restriction. The Management Plan states that "…the property has been purchased for conservation purposes under the care, management and control of the Conservation Commission."

Click here to view the EOEEA's
'Environmental Profile'

Click here for a full-size version of the Wheelwright Park and Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Map. Pocket-size maps are available from Scout Troop #28
(2MG file, please allow time for download)

Click here to read a featured article
in the 2006 CCT Newsletter


Pictured right is the Ice Skating
Pond built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It straddles the boundary line between the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary and Wheelwright Park. It was restored in 2002 as part of a Boy Scout Troop 28 Eagle Scout project.