625 Main St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Owned By: Town of Norwell
40 acres of Norwell Conservation land connect Main and Central Streets with a network of trails. Walk across the field and then look for the trailhead at the edge of the woods. In the forest, you’ll find a mix of white pine, oak, and maple.
This property is named for the Fogg Family. You’ll see their names on the large rock at the trailhead. The parcel was donated to the Town of Norwell in 1972 by Isabella and Helen Fogg, in honor of their husbands, Horace and Faulkner, with the aim of providing and protecting habitat for wildlife. Old stone walls remind us that these woods were once farmland.
The stream that runs through the rear section of Fogg Forest flows eventually into Second Herring Brook, which then flows into the North River.
Look for a large rock at the trailhead. The main trail is a narrow loop, about 1/2 mile in length. A few spur trails lead off the main trail, terminating at the property’s boundaries.
Pedestrian access is also available from Central Street.
Habitats and Wildlife
In a white pine – oak forest like Fogg, you are very likely to see squirrels frolicking among the branches of the trees overhead. You might also catch a glimpse of mice, shrews, and chipmunks. White tail deer sightings are common, especially in the field.
Common bird sightings in this type of forest include Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, and Red-tailed Hawk. Watch for wild turkeys too. They can be especially captivating in the spring, when the males (aka “toms”) puff themselves up to attract a mate.
Fogg Forest is especially appealing in the late spring, when the rhododendron that grow there are in bloom. In season, there is also a lot of fern.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 40 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: On-site parking on Main Street, along the right side of the field.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, picnic tables.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes