16 Surrey Dr, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA
Owned By: Town of Plymouth
Currently (2022) the only conservation area in West Plymouth. Twelve acres with views of Clear Pond and a wide, flat 0.65-mile trail around a former cranberry bog. A great spot for birding! Suitable for cross-country skiing as soon as you pass the stairs.
In earlier times, this land was within the region of the Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag nation, who inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.
According to the The Plymouth Trail Guide, in pre-colonial times, a battle took place here between the Pokanokets (also members of the Wampanoag Nation) and a war party of Narragansetts. After the Narragansetts were defeated, large numbers of corpses were throw into the pond. In earlier times, the pond was named Narragansett Pond. A boggy wetland nearby retains the name.
Habitats and Wildlife
The trail is bordered with oak, maple, pitch pine, and white pine trees … quite a number of very young pines which create a tunnel-like effect in one section! The former cranberry bog at the center is slowly reverting to its natural state. Look for milkweed, bayberry, cattail, raspberry and blueberry growing among more-typical bog flora. The Plymouth Trail Guide recommends visiting at dusk, when wildlife is especially active.
The waters on this property flow south through Clear Pond and Fresh Meadow Pond, and eventually into South Meadow Brook, which joins with Rocky Meadow Brook in South Carver to form the Weweantic River. The Weweantic River flows for 17 miles through Carver, Middleborough and Rochester, and drains into Buzzards Bay in Wareham.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 12 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking at approx. #16 Surrey Drive.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: South Meadow Brook (Weweantic River watershed)