Forest Trails

Great Pond Trail

139 Thicket St, Weymouth, MA 02190, USA

(781) 682-6124

Owned By: Town of Weymouth

This quiet property features a 1-mile trail network through the woods and along the shore of Great Pond.


The Great Pond Trail connects the Richard E Gifford Playground (aka Gifford Park) with Negus Park, and extends along the edge of the town’s public water supply. To protect the quality of the drinking water, fishing, boating and swimming are prohibited here, as are dogs. Look for some large glacial erratic boulders at the property’s center, and don’t miss the views of the pond itself!

A circa-1500 B.C.E. dugout canoe was discovered in 1965, partially buried in the shoreline of Great Pond. Likely an artifact of the Massachuseuk indigenous tribe, the canoe at Tufts Library in Weymouth, adjacent to Weston Park.

Trail Description

Look for the trailhead at the rear of Gifford Park. It heads into the woods and across some wetlands, with two boardwalks traversing the damper areas. There are options here — some trails stay close to the pond, and others extend through the woods, closer to the residential areas bordering the property. You can walk just over a mile to Negus Park, and then perhaps choose different trail options on your return trip. The trail is wide and flat at times, and more rugged at others, but generally clear and easy to follow. It is blazed in yellow.

Habitats and Wildlife

Great Pond provides drinking water for the Town of Weymouth. It is part of the Weymouth Back River watershed, with its waters flowing northeast toward Whitman’s Pond and the Weymouth Back River. The woods here are primarily beech and pine, with some oak, maple, hemlock, yellow birch, and holly.

139 Thicket St, Weymouth, MA 02190, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 1.1 mile

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample parking at Gifford Park and at Negus Park.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Weymouth Back River watershed

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