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Abigail Adams State Park

Abigail Adams State Park, Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA, USA

(617) 727-5293

https://www.mass.gov/locations/stodders-neck-abigail-adams-park

Owned By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A walking trail along the Weymouth Back River, and a convenient place to launch your canoe or kayak. Stroller-friendly.

Features

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.

Trail Description

This 0.7-mile wide walking trail extends along the edge of the Weymouth Back River. Eventually the trail will continue under Route 3A, with a boardwalk link with Great Esker Park.

Habitats and Wildlife

The vegetation here is relatively young. There are some pines and oaks, 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 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 Pond every year to spawn. You may be able to catch a glimpse of them in April, at Herring Run Pool Park in Jackson Square, Weymouth.

Abigail Adams State Park, Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 7.6 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Large on-site parking area.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

Picnic area, bike rack, trash receptacles. The small rocky beach area can be used for launching non-motorized boats.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

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