Abigail Adams State Park, Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA, USA
Owned By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A 0.7-mile walking trail along the Weymouth Back River, and a convenient place to launch your canoe or kayak. Stroller-friendly. Part of the Back River Trail.
Part of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation’s (DCR) Back River Reservation, this property used to house a car dealership and a marine dredging operation. It was reopened as a park in 2016. It is part of the Back River Trail, a series of open space properties along the Weymouth Back River.
Abigail Adams (née Abigail Smith) was born in Weymouth, MA. She was the wife of second US President John Adams and the mother of sixth US President John Quincy Adams, and is remembered as an early proponent of women’s rights. The park features some of her quotations, displayed on plaques.
A wide, 0.7-mile paved walking trail extends along the edge of the Weymouth Back River and connects with the Libby Property, which offers an additional trail loop . Eventually Abigail Adams Park will connect directly, via a boardwalk under Route 3A, to Great Esker Park.
Habitats and Wildlife
The vegetation here is relatively young. There are some pines and oaks, sumac and plenty of grass. The views of the Weymouth Back River are quite nice!
The Weymouth Back River rises from several ponds and swamps, including Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth. It flows for about 10 miles, and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Hingham Bay, downstream of the park, and just south of Grape Island and Slate Island.
River herring swim upstream from the ocean to Whitman’s Pond every year to spawn. You may be able to catch a glimpse of them in April, at Herring Run Pool Park and Stephen Rennie Herring Run Park in Jackson Square, Weymouth or at Iron Hill Park.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 7.6 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Large on-site parking area.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Picnic tables, numerous benches, a bike rack, and trash receptacles. The small rocky beach area can be used for launching non-motorized boats. There is also a small overlook area at the top of the driveway, directly adjacent to Route 3A.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Weymouth Back River