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Matthews Bog

(781) 934-1100 ext. 5471

Owned By: Town of Duxbury

Trails around a small cranberry bog with pond views. Directly adjacent to Ashdod Forest.


Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson as well as parts of Duxbury. Meanwhile the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the Jones River watershed, and the area now known as Kingston, Plymouth and Duxbury. This property lies within the upper portion of the South River watershed — right between those two territories. It’s possible that both tribes utilized the area.

Trail Description

About 0.4 miles of wide, flat trails around cranberry bogs and ponds. In addition, a portion of the Bay Circuit Trail runs through this property and the adjacent Ashdod Forest. It extends from Union Bridge Road to Keene Street and is marked with white blazes.

Habitats and Wildlife

A small cranberry bog and pond, bordered with grassy areas and pine/oak./birch woodlands. Look for mallards and Canada geese. The wetlands on this property are part of the headwaters of Phillips Brook. The brook flows through Peterson’s Sawmill Pond, then northeast into the Camp Wing Conservation Area, and from there into South River. The South River remains a narrow and mostly un-navigable stream until it enters Chandler Pond in Marshfield. From there it flows through Marshfield Center, winding through salt marshes all the way to Rexhame. Turning northward, it then flows for 3 miles between Humarock and the mainland to Fourth Cliff, where it joins the North River at its outlet to the sea.

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Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 9 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on Congress Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: South River watershed

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