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McKenna Marsh Conservation Area

130 Scotland St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA

Owned By: Town of Hingham

Accord Brook flows through this 100-acre property, which features a 1-mile trail through woodland and along the edge of a freshwater marsh. Suitable for horseback riding. You’ll find more conservation land to explore just across the street, at Marchesiani Farmlands.

Features

According to the Hingham Conservation Land Trust, the freshwater marsh here was once used as a waterfowl preserve. McKenna Marsh is immediately adjacent to some of the town wells for Hingham and Norwell.

Bow hunting is permitted on this property (by permit only) during the Town Of Hingham’s Spring and Fall hunting seasons. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays.

Trail Description

A property sign on Scotland Street marks the trailhead. The approx. 1-mile trail leads through an open woodland to a bridge over Accord Brook, and then along the edge of a large freshwater marsh. From there, it continues through a more dense pine forest, ending at the Norwell Water Department land on Grove Street. Within the pine grove, a spur trail leads to the Wanders Drive neighborhood.

Habitats and Wildlife

Beavers have been spotted on this property. Look for evidence of them in the area around Accord Brook. You may see a dam, or some chewed-up trees. Some of the trees present here include pine, oak, maple, cedar, and beech.

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.

130 Scotland St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 100 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking at the trailhead on Scotland Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Accord Brook (Weir River watershed)

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