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Forest Trails

Brewer Reservation

63CX+63 Hingham, MA, USA

Hingham Conservation: 781-741-1445

Owned By: Town of Hingham

This 48-acre property features unpaved roads and trails through piney woodlands. It is bordered on one side by the Hingham Transfer Facility. Combined with More-Brewer Park across the street, there are nearly 5 miles of trails and carriage paths to explore here.

Features

According to Looking Backward by Wilmon Brewer, Francis Brewer was especially interested in trees. In 1880, he established the Hingham Tree Association, a tree nursery at the corner of Hobart and New Bridge Streets. He led an effort to plan linden trees and Norway maples at various spots around town, and is known as the town’s first Tree Warden. His intention was to plant all of the species that could grow in Hingham’s climate. Within the More Brewer Park, the Brewer Reservation, and Cranberry Pond (around the corner on French Street), you will see various trees with numbers posted upon them. These are some of Brewer’s original plantings. A guide posted at the kiosk near the park entrance to More Brewer Park identifies these trees.

Deer hunting is allowed on this property between October 19 and November 28. Special permit by the Conservation Commission is required for this activity.

Trail Description

From the parking area, follow the unpaved roadway into the woods. Blue blazes mark the way. There is a loop trail to the right. If you bear left, the trail will lead you over a hill through a small meadow and into an extensive (2-3 miles) trail network, including a large loop around the Ridgewood Crossing/Woodlock Road neighborhood. While this property borders Cranberry Pond, as yet there is any trail connection between the two properties.

Habitats and Wildlife

The forest here is predominantly pine, oak, and beech. The terrain includes some rolling hills and a small grassy meadow, plus some wetlands and streams. Within the property, you will see various trees with numbers posted upon them. These are some of Francis Brewer’s original plantings. A guide posted at the kiosk near the entrance to More Brewer Park identifies these trees.

The wetlands and streams at this property flow into the Fresh River. The Fresh River joins with the Mill River/Herring Run Brook in Weymouth, and flows into the Weymouth Back River.

63CX+63 Hingham, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 48 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: On-site parking along Hobart Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

Facilities:

Informational kiosk.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Fresh River (Weymouth Back River watershed)

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