Forest Trails

Masthead Drive Trail

88 Masthead Dr, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

(781) 659-8022

Owned By: Town of Norwell

This 0.4-mile trail extends through the woods to the North River just west of the Route 3 Bridge. Don’t miss the view of the North River at the end of the trail. Just downstream is a historic site known as Bald Hills/Stetson Shipyard. It is also the location of the Route 3 Bridge.


The trail is maintained by Norwell Conservation. It runs directly behind the rest area on Route 3 southbound. The highway is visible at times through the trees, and also quite audible! At the end of the trail there are three separate overlooks on the North River. All three would be suitable for swimmers. Rope swings are known to be present at this spot but their presence (and safety) is unreliable.

Trail Description

Park in the cue de sac at the end of Masthead Drive. Look for the trailhead, just behind the storm drain grate. The trail is marked with a single white Norwell Conservation blaze. Follow the trail up and down a couple of small drumlin hills and across a small stream (there is a bridge). At the fork, you can go right to access the first North River overlook, where there is a bit of a drop to the water’s edge. Or go left to access two additional overlooks, closer to water level. Total trail distance is about 0.4 miles.

Habitats and Wildlife

The forest here is primarily pine, with some beech, maple, oak, hemlock, plus ferns and sweet pepper bush. The end of the trail directly abuts the North River.

88 Masthead Dr, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: Trail is 0.4 miles in length.

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited parking in the cue de sac at the end of Masthead Drive.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Picnic table.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed