1103 Main St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: Town of Hingham
The 1-mile trail system on this 31-acre property features woodland seating areas, an intriguing rocky area, vernal pools, and several views of Accord Brook. The trail begins at the back of the school and connects to Main Street. Along the way, you’ll cross the historic Gardiner’s Bridge. The property also features tennis courts and athletic fields. It is also known as the South Junior High School Area.
Look for the trailhead behind the school, near Door #19. It begins as a wide path through a pine-oak forest and after about 0.1 mile, arrives at a clearing where there are benches and picnic tables. The trail makes a short loop through the clearing and arrives at an intersection. Go straight to return to the school, or bear right on a narrower trail, blazed in red.
The blazes on this trail are faint, and the trail is not always easy to follow. After another 0.13 mile, it arrives at another cluster of benches, somewhat overgrown with underbrush. You can hear Accord Brook here, and you’ll soon see it. This section of the trail is faint. There are some planks and log bridges over the wetter areas, but guesswork may be required.
After another 0.1 mile, you will arrive at the brook. At this time, there is no bridge. Wading through the often-shallow water is possible. (For most, it’s a little too wide to leap over.) Altogether, this section of the trail is about 0.45 miles.
On the other side of the brook, you’ll find a very wide and well-established trail. Turn right and you’ll be treated to additional views of Accord Brook. The trail in this direction ends at the brook. Or turn left, and you can follow the wide trail through an intriguing rocky area, past an old foundation, to Main Street. This section of the trail is about 0.25 miles.
Turn left at Main Street, follow the sidewalk for another 0.25 mile, back to the school. Along the way, you’ll cross historic Gardiner’s Bridge, were you can enjoy another view of Accord Brook.
There are additional views of the brook from a short trail near Door #8. Technically, this trail connects to the intersection above (at 0.45 miles), but it tends to be wet, and involves another, more challenging brook crossing. At this time, it is not recommended.
Habitats and Wildlife
The first section of the trail extends through pine-oak forest, with some scattered beech trees. At the trail approaches Accord Brook, there are more wetland-tolerant species such as maple trees. Along the trail that leads to Main Street there are white and yellow brick trees and some moss.
Accord Brook flows through this property and eventually into Wompatuck State Park, through Triphammer Pond, to the Weir River. Formed at the confluence of Crooked Meadow River and Fulling Mill Brook, the Weir River flows for a mile or so north through Hingham. Farther downstream, it 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 forms the border between Hingham and Hull, and empties into Hingham Bay.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 31 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking at Hingham Middle School. Trail use recommended only when school is not in session.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, picnic tables.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop! No dogs on athletic fields/tennis courts.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Accord Brook (Weir River)