Hiking

Cranberry Watershed Preserve

56 Lake St, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

781 585-0537

https://www.kingstonmass.org/?SEC=92D98358-8A44-4387-AA24-A9F8A6A6425D

Owned By: Town of Kingston

Large property adjacent to Silver Lake High School with several miles of walking trails through woodlands and wetlands and around retired cranberry bogs. Abuts the Jones River, Pine Brook, and Howard’s Brook. Some trails are suitable for horses.

Features

This former agricultural property may be too large to explore in a single visit! There are some bridges and boardwalks within, plus numerous ponds, streams, and retired cranberry bogs and wetlands. 220 acres of the property were acquired by the Town of Kingston in 1998, with an additional 32 acres in 2016.

Trail Description

This is a sprawling property with numerous intersecting trails totaling at least 5 miles, many of which are cart paths and old bog roads. There are some narrower footpaths as well, plus the cross country running course for Silver Lake Regional High School (blazed with with XC markers). The Bay Circuit Path runs through this property. A trail map is strongly recommended!

You can access the trails from a small parking area on Lake Street. If you’re headed south, it comes up on the left, just after the athletic fields at Silver Lake Regional HIgh School. Look for the small informational kiosk. There is also pedestrian access from the high school complex, however fenced-in areas make this a bit of a challenge.

Note; While there used to be an additional, larger parking area on the north side of Grove Street, just west of the railroad overpass, this entrance is now closed. Please respect private property.

Habitats and Wildlife

This property lies within the watershed of the Jones River, which flows through the western quadrant, near Lake Street. Pine Brook and Howard Brook, both tributaries to the Jones River, flow through the property as well. There are also two large reservoirs on site, named for the brooks. Much of the land here is a forest of white pine and oak, with beech, maple, and pitch pine. There is also a considerable amount of wetlands, including several retired cranberry bogs.

56 Lake St, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 240 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited parking on Lake Street (3-4 cars). A small informational kiosk marks the entrance.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

Facilities:

Informational kiosks.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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