119 HMS Halsted Dr, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: Town of Hingham
A half mile trail along the shoreline and through the woods, at Hewitts Cove. Gorgeous views of the Boston skyline, Grape Island, the Hingham Shipyard, the Weymouth Back River, and Weymouth Neck. Look for the historic marker between the parking area and the trailhead. It’s one of many scattered throughout the Hingham Shipyard.
To find the trail, first find the designated parking spots on HMS Halsted Drive, at the rear of the Hingham Shipyard development. Turn toward the water. Access the trailhead by walking between two condo units. Then you’ll see the property sign and a wooden staircase that leads down to the beach. There is a trail to the right that extends along the top of a ridge, through the woods, to the Wompatuck Road/Beach Lane neighborhood. Along the way you’ll find rocky outcroppings and numerous water views. You can also walk along the shoreline. Either way, this isn’t the easiest footing, so proceed with caution. Altogether the trail covers about a half mile, with various short spur trails often leading to overlooks.
If you turn the wrong way when you arrive (and go away from the water), you may end up on the dirt path the extends between the shipyard and Allerton House and into a small woodland. It’s a natural setting with some hints of earlier industrial use, but it’s nothing compared to the trails at Bouve!
Habitats and Wildlife
The woods here are mostly oak and beech, with some birch, cedar, and sumac. Also of note: the slate cliffs along the shoreline.
This property is located near the mouth of the Weymouth Back River, which 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, just south of Grape Island and Slate Island.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 32 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited parking (look for the signs) on HMS Halsted Drive, near #119.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Weymouth Back River