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George Washington Forest

127 S Pleasant St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA

Hingham Conservation: 781-741-1445

Owned By: Town of Hingham

Also known as the Hingham Town Forest, this 197-acre woodland features rolling hills and forested esker ridges, plus both wide and narrow walking trails (3 miles altogether). Suitable for horseback riding.

Features

 

Trail Description

There are about 3 miles of trails on the property. Most of them are marked. The wide T2 Main trail extends for about 0.8 miles from the entrance on South Pleasant Street to the intersection with the T1 trail, near Charles Street. It passes over some rolling hills, but nothing especially steep. Narrower side trails present opportunities to explore steeper inclines and extend into more remote parts of the property.

Habitats and Wildlife

The forest here is mostly pine, spruce and beech, with some oak and maple trees, wild blueberry bushes, and lush stands of ferns (in season). Beware of poison ivy! There is at least one vernal pool along the main trail, some maple swamplands, and a narrow stream.

Fulling Mill Brook flows through the northern portion of the property. Downstream, it flows together with Crooked Meadow Brook to form the Weir River, which flows north through Hingham, with Tower Brook and Accord Brook joining it in its first mile. The Weir River gradually turns northeast and flows for another 1.4 miles, through Weir River Farm and eventually into Foundry Pond. The Weir River Estuary, designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Area of Critical Concern, begins just below the manmade dam at the pond. The mile-wide estuary — with numerous acres of undisturbed salt marsh — forms the border between Hingham and Hull, and empties into Hingham Bay.

127 S Pleasant St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 197.6 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on South Pleasant Street and Charles Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Fulling Mill Brook (Weir River watershed)

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