1197 State Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA
Owned By: Town of Plymouth
This 210-acre wooded property offers a 1.1-mile out-and-back trail with frontage on Indian Brook, and with a distant view of Shallow Pond. According to the Plymouth Trail Guide, the trail was originally a game trail, established by deer. Access available toward the rear of the Manomet Recreation Area.
Long before European settlers arrived in 1620, this land was part of Pokanoket, a Wampanoag village governed by Massasoit.
Drive down the access road to Manomet Recreation Area and look for the trailhead right behind the playground. This is an out-and-back trail of about 1.1 mile. It heads into the woods, offering occasional glimpses of Indian Brook. Follow the trail arrows (there are some unmarked side trails). You will pass over some furrows in the landscape, possibly dug by hand at an earlier time, to help with drainage. After 0.4 miles, the trail merges with Indian Brook Road (a cart path) and turns left. Then after 0.1 mile, it turns right, heading back into the woods. The final half mile of the trail leads through the forest, up and down some moderate hills, before ending, with a bench, at a distant overlook on Shallow Pond.
To see Indian Brook, when you return to Indian Brook Road, turn right instead of left, and walk another 0.1 mile.
Habitats and Wildlife
This property features a mixed upland forest, with white pine, pitch pine, oak, ash, beech, birch, maple, holly, sassafras and mountain laurel. The understory is primarily fern, sweet pepperbush and viburnum.
Indian Brook itself looks more like a pond here, as it’s been dammed for decades to create a cranberry farming reservoir. Its waters flow eventually to Cape Cod Bay near Ship Pond. There is hope for the future removal of the dam at State Road, which would permit this waterway to flow freely again after a long interruption.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 210 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Park toward the rear of the Manomet Recreation Facility, and look for the trailhead behind the playground.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash, Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Indian Brook (Cape Cod Bay watershed)