Grassy Walks

Gifford Bog

104 Temple St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Duxbury Conservation: (781) 934-1100 ext. 5471

Owned By: Town of Duxbury

The oldest working cranberry bog in Duxbury is now conservation land! Walk the 0.73-mile perimeter loop trail around the bogs. Continue your walk for 2.3 miles in the Williams Preserve, directly adjacent (across Temple Street).


Acquired by the Town of Duxbury as conservation land in 2015. Farmed previously by the Gifford (c. 1845) and Merry (c. 1964) families.

This land is within the region of the Patuxet Wampanoag tribe, who for centuries have inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.

Trail Description

Follow unpaved bog roadways and wide grassy trails around the perimeter of the cranberry bogs. The total distance is 0.73 miles. Extend your walk across Temple Street, toward the northern end of the property. Look for the tan/green Duxbury Conservation sign, which marks a trailhead at the Williams Preserve, a larger property with 2.3 miles of trails.

Habitats and Wildlife

The wetlands and waterways on this property flow toward the Wright Reservoir and into the Green Harbor River. After finding its source in springs and ponds in Duxbury, the Green Harbor River twists and turns through Marshfield via large cranberry bog complex, the Green Harbor Golf Club, the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, property owned by the Marshfield Municipal Airport and Peter Igo Park. Just downstream of the Dyke Road bridge (and dike) it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Green Harbor.

104 Temple St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 22 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk.

Parking: Three roadside parking areas on Temple Street, near the intersection with Route 139.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Green Harbor River watershed