Owned By: Cohasset Conservation Trust
Woodland trails with vernal pools, historic stone walls, and access to Brass Kettle Brook. Side trail to the Pape Reservation and Lily Pond. Within the property the trail mileage is about 1 mile, but you can easily extend your walk into adjacent properties, including Whitney & Thayer Woods and Wompatuck State Park.
This land was acquired by the Town of Cohasset in 2004 and 2008 to protect its drinking water. Lily Pond, the municipal drinking water reservoir, is directly adjacent. The purchase was funded with Water Department revenues, state grants, Community Preservation Act funds and the Cohasset Conservation Trust.
While the land is forested now, in the past it was cleared of trees and used as pasture for grazing livestock. The stone walls mark old property lines. There are a number of rocky outcroppings as well as the occasional glacial erratic boulder.
Prior to European contact, a band of the Massachusett Native American tribe maintained a village in what is now Cohasset. It was known as Quonahassit — often translated as “long rocky place.” In 1614, while exploring what was known then as the New World, Captain John Smith (1580-1631) landed in “Quonahassit Harbor” to trade for furs. The Quonahassit village was probably in the vicinity of today’s Elm Street, a summer camp for fishing, and for growing corn, beans and squash. The village moved inland during the winter for shelter, and to hunt for deer, turkey and other wildlife. A widespread plague decimated the Quonahassit population shortly after Smith’s visit.
The trails within this property are well marked. Even the dead ends are posted as such! They are generally wide, but also rooty and/or rocky in certain places, and also occasionally wet. Great Lot Lane is the main trail. If you start at the King Street trailhead, after 0.2 miles, Great Lot Lane intersects with the Lily Pond Trail, which leads almost immediately into the adjacent Pape Reservation. Continue on Great Lot Lane to reach Brass Kettle Brook, as well as Wompatuck State Park and Whitney & Thayer Woods. The distance from the parking area on King Street to the property boundary with Wompatuck at Brass Kettle Brook is 0.75 miles.
Habitats and Wildlife
The woods here are comprised of maple, hemlock, pine, oak, holly, beech, and yellow birch. It is mostly upland with occasional small ponds and vernal pools. Like many Cohasset properties, there are numerous rocky outcroppings and glacial erratic boulders.
According to the Cohasset Conservation Trust, the National Heritage and Endangered Species Program identifies the entire Brass Kettle property and much of its surroundings area as core habitat for rare species. There are more than 70 species of trees and plants inhabiting this woodland as well as a wide variety of animals and birds including grouse, partridge and deer.
Brass Kettle Brook flows through the property. It joins with the Aaron River and eventually flows into the Gulf River in North Scituate. The Gulf River flows into the ocean at Cohasset Harbor.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 120 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk.
Parking: Look for the small parking area (2-3 cars) between 265 & 279 King Street. Additional access via the Pape Reservation, as well as Whitney & Thayer Woods.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Brass Kettle Brook (Gulf River/Cohasset Harbor watershed)