Hiking

Lapham Woods

875 Tremont St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

781-934-6106

https://duxburyhistory.org/lands/lapham-woods/

Owned By: Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

This iconic stretch of woodland protects the scenic approach to Duxbury’s Town Hall and the First Parish Church buildings. It extends along both sides of Depot Street and contains at least 1.5 miles of trails.

 

Features

Located at the corner of Tremont and Depot Streets, this woodland was acquired with two purchases by the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, in 1931 and 1952. It is named for one of the families who sold the property to the DRHS.

On the east side of the property is the Smith Family tomb, maintained by the Duxbury’s Cemetery Department. The Smith family farm was located across Depot Street. Benjamin Smith was a master mariner and captain of some of the largest ships in the Weston fleet.

Trail Description

Lapham Woods is intended for conservation purposes, but there are some trails available to the public. The DRHS does not provide any warranty on the use or safety of these trails. Most trails are marked with red blazes.

There are several trailheads. One is very close to Boomer Square, on the east side of Depot Street. The trail, which is narrow but relatively clear, extends along the perimeter of the property, with additional trailheads on Surplus Street and at the intersection of Depot and Surplus. This route, including the walk back to the starting point along Depot Street is about 0.6 miles. Some areas are very rooty — step carefully!

On the west side of the property, Depot Street offers an additional trailhead. It begins as a narrow path, but merges with an old cart path that extends along the southern edge of the property, all the way to Prior Farm Road and Tremont Street. Off the cart path (about halfway) is an additional trail that heads north, almost to Tremont Street, and then continues back to the original entrance trail. Altogether, this loop (with the out & back to Prior Farm Road) is about 0.9 miles.

Habitats and Wildlife

This is primarily a pine forest, with red oak, white oak, holly, maple, beech and birch. There is an abundance of young pine. Duxbury maintains a public water supply within the eastern part of the property. Ferns and moss-covered logs are a common sight. The property drains to the Bluefish River, which draws to Duxbury Bay.

875 Tremont St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 36 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on Depot Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

Benches.

Dogs: Dogs are permitted but must remain on leash or under control at all times. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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