Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Owned By: Town of Duxbury
Trails through 244 acres of dense woodland and wetlands along Keene’s Brook, with occasional stream crossings and old stone walls. Includes a section of the Bay Circuit Trail. Links directly to Lansing Bennett Forest.
This large forest provides ample habitat for wildlife. Some of the lands here were among the first to be acquired as open space by the Town of Duxbury in the 1970s.
Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson. Meanwhile the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the Jones River watershed, and the area now known as Kingston, Plymouth and Duxbury. This property lies within the upper portion of the South River watershed — right between those two territories. It’s possible that both tribes utilized the area.
A half-mile section of the Bay Circuit Trail runs through this property. Look for the white BCT blazes. The trails within Ashdod Forest are well-used but not always well-marked. They extend for a brief distance on the north side of Congress Street, and for a much greater distance on the southern side. At Keene Street, the Bay Circuit Trail continues through Lansing Bennett Forest, past Matthews Bog and eventually to Union Bridge Road.
Habitats and Wildlife
This dense forest includes plenty of pine, as well as hemlock, oak, sassafras, maple and birch. Look for princess pine, sweet pepper bush, fern and bittersweet as well. Be careful of ticks! The likelihood of spotting a white-tailed deer here is quite high!
This property is within the watershed Keene’s Brook, a tributary to the South River. The South River originates deep in Duxbury. Its source is in the Round Pond area, and from there it winds unobtrusively through the woods for several miles. Although one can view it from Route 3, and also from both the South River Bog and the Camp Wing Conservation Area, it remains a narrow and mostly un-navigable stream until just below Veterans Memorial Park. From there it flows through South River Park, behind the playground of South River School, and under the Willow Street and Francis Keville Bridges. Wider at that point, and navigable at most tides, its course winds through the marshes as it runs parallel to Route 139, all the way to Rexhame. From there the river turns northward. It flows for 3 miles between Humarock and the mainland to Fourth Cliff, where it joins the North River at its outlet to the sea.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 244 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking on Congress Street, east of Brook Road.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash or under control at all times.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Keene's Brook (South River watershed)