The White Pine stand at Headwaters Conservation Area is a favorite destination for WLCT staff. Photo by Greg Stone

Westport is just over 52 square miles and home to a whole host of different tree species. Trees are prominent in our local history but have often had symbolic meanings to different cultures all around the world. They are used to build our homes but are also homes for countless animal species. They are a source of food and even a place to find shade, enjoy a book, and create a deeper connection with nature. Every tree is unique and meaningful in its own right. Here are our top 5 favorite trees you can discover on WCLT properties: 


Crabapple at Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area

Scientific Name: (Malus Sylvestris)
Parking Direction: 1520 Main Road

Flowering Crabapple trees are beautiful, ornamental trees. This Crabapple is right by the entrance of Dunham’s Brook trail, and welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to a range of diverse habitats.


Beech Tree at Herb Hadfield Interior meadow

Scientific Name: (Fagus Grandifolia)
Parking Direction: 255 Cornell Road or 364 Adamsville Road

This dying Beech Tree stands tall as the only tree in the interior meadow at Herb Hadfield. The contrast between the towering tree and the native warm-season meadow makes the Beech seem stoic and ancient. Our animal counterparts may enjoy Beech Trees more than us. With natural cavities and hardy beechnuts, birds and mammals use Beech Trees for shelter and nutrition.

White Pine Strand at Headwaters

Scientific Name: (Pinus Strobus)
Parking Directions: 187 Blossom Road

The White Pine is the most common tree in Massachusetts. They have a rich history dating back to colonial times. The lumber from the pine was perfect for ship’s masts and hulls, homes, and any other structures. It did not take long before England’s King George realized the value of the White Pine, and sent surveyors to reserve the premier pine trees. Tensions grew, and the thought of independence from England was seeded in the minds of the colonists. The Pine Tree Riot of 1772 was an important precursor to the Revolutionary war. 

White Oak at Westport Woods

Scientific Name: (Quercus Alba)
Parking Direction: 573 Adamsville Road

A single Oak can live to 200-300 years old and produce thousands of acorns every fall through winter, but despite all its offspring blanketing the ground, Oaks have a low reproductive success rate. This is due to the 20-30 years it takes for an Oak to mature, and of course all the animals that feast on the Acorns. Acorns can compose up to 75% of a whitetail deer’s diet.

Dogwood at Mill Pond Conservation Area

Scientific Name: (Cornus Florida)
Parking Directions: 62 Reed Road

The Dogwood species Cornus Florida are native to Massachusetts. Dogwoods produce colorful flowering buds in Spring ranging from white, through pink, to scarlet. Although very beautiful, Dogwoods are extremely susceptible to fungal disease and insect infestation.


Special places don’t stay special on their own. Our dedicated volunteers make sure every one of our destination properties is ready for your next adventure.