32 New Driftway, Scituate, MA 02066, USA
Owned By: Town of Scituate
The Herring River Trail runs 0.4-miles along a former railroad bed through the marshes to the Herring River. The railroad bed continues through the marshes to the North River, but there is no public access.
From 1871 to the late 1930's the Old Colony Railroad traveled through Scituate and Marshfield. In 1938 a hurricane severely damaged the tracks, which were subsequently removed. A small portion of the railroad bed has been converted into a bike/walking trail.
The Herring River flows into the North River near The Spit.
Immediately adjacent is the Driftway Multi-Purpose Path, a 1.5 mile paved trail where you can extend your journey.
The former railroad bed has been reclaimed by nature. There are now trees and shrubs lining the gravel trail as it leads through the marsh to the Herring River.
The trail is suitable for walking, bicycles, and strollers.
Habitats and Wildlife
Common sightings along this this trail include coyote, fox, squirrel, birds, and reptiles such as the common snapping turtle.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: No
Size: 0.4 miles
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking. Look for the small town-owned lot near #32 Driftway, next to Dunkin Donuts.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Facilities: Bike storage rack.
Boat Ramp: No
Scenic Views: Yes