Town Parks & Monuments

Great Hill Park

Weymouth, MA 02191, USA

Weymouth Parks/Trees/Grounds: (781) 337-5100

Owned By: Town of Weymouth

Great Hill Park in North Weymouth features a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline! This grassy hilltop on Bradley Road offers benches and a picnic area. It’s a great spot to sit and contemplate the natural world. Also nearby: Wessagusett Beach and George Lane Beach.


The park’s best feature is the view. There is a water tower here, as well as a flagpole, plus a historic marker commemorating the settlement of Weymouth.

Note: The marker honors the colony of Wessagusset, formed in 1622 by Thomas Weston, and refers to the tense relationship between European settlers and native tribes at that time. The marker was placed in 1923, and re-dedicated in 1998. It focuses on the victory of Myles Standish and other European settlers over aboriginal leaders such as Wituwamat and Pecksuot.

While Standish has long been regarded as a hero of Plymouth Colony, it’s important also to acknowledge that he was a destructive force with regard to the native tribes that inhabited the region prior to, and during the time of, European colonization. In particular, consider the 1623 Massacre at Wessagusset, at which Standish lured members of the Neponset band of the Massachusett tribe into a small building and then attacked them, fatally wounding several. Standish was concerned that tribe members, especially Wituwamat, were conspiring against the colonists. Scholars have found no evidence of this plot.

More detailed information about the Native American tribes that inhabited the Weymouth area can be found at King Oak Hill Park in Weymouth. The remains of Wituwamat and Pecksuot are now interred at Old North Cemetery in Weymouth.

This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett, and the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, both share information on their websites. 

Trail Description

There are no trails here, but the park is large enough to accommodate a short walk.

Habitats and Wildlife

The grassy hilltop is lined with maple, sumac, oak, cherry, cedar and birch trees. Part of the Fore River watershed, it offers views of Boston Harbor.

The Fore River serves as the boundary line between the towns of Weymouth and Braintree. It flows for about 3 miles, into Quincy, where it meets Town River, and then flows for another 2 miles into Hingham Bay.

  • A photograph of a granite historic marker.
  • A photograph of a picnic table on the lawn under a green tree.
  • A photograph of a green grassy hilltop.
  • A photograph of a fence along a green grassy hilltop with a city skyline in the distance.
  • A photograph of a paved parking area atop a grassy green hill.
Weymouth, MA 02191, USA

Historic Site: Yes

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 27 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables. Geocache location.

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River watershed

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