Gordon Rd, Braintree, MA 02184, USA
Owned By: Town of Braintree, Town of Weymouth
A 1-mile pathway with numerous river views. It extends from the Weymouth Landing Access Ramp, along and across the Fore River, then up Quincy Ave. to the Monatiquot River at Braintree’s Watson Park and Smith Beach. Most of it is crushed stone. The middle section is pavement.
The half-mile section of this path that runs through Watson Park to Smith Beach is also known as the Francis Toland Memorial Trail, and Lee’s Way.
Park in the 30-car lot at Watson Park and turn toward the water. To the left, you can walk about a half mile along the Monatiquot River to Smith Beach. The section of the River Walk known as Lee’s Way winds through Watson Park. The next section, known as the Francis Toland Memorial Trail, connects to Smith Beach. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the Francis Toland Memorial Trail, nor at Smith Beach.
An alternative is to turn to the right. You can walk a short distance along the river to the edge of the property, which borders the Braintree Yacht Club. Then follow the trail uphill to Gordon Road and continue along the sidewalk to Quincy Ave. Turn left and follow the sidewalk across the bridge. Just behind the bus stop shelter at the MBTA parking lot, look for the concrete/paved trail that winds downhill, past the East Braintree/Weymouth Landing train station. It continues along Smelt Brook and the Fore River for about 0.2 miles, with benches and additional river views, to the Weymouth Landing Access Ramp.
Habitats and Wildlife
Watson Park is an open, grassy athletic complex with some shade trees around its perimeter. The path toward Smith Beach extends through a more natural area, with oaks and sumac and views of the salt marsh. Smith Beach is an open sandy area at the edge of the Fore River.
The Weymouth Landing Access Ramp is a small grassy spot bordered by trees. It offers a steep concrete access ramp to the Fore River, suitable for canoes, kayaks and other car-top boats.
Please do not feed the waterfowl!
Smelt Brook and the Monatiquot River flow together to form the Fore River. (This path is located at the confluence of the two streams.) The Fore River serves as the boundary line between the towns of Weymouth and Braintree. It flows for about 3 miles, into Quincy, where it meets Town River, and then flows for another 2 miles into Hingham Bay. In ints final few miles, the Fore River is nearly a mile wide in some places.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: The River Walk is about a mile in length. Watson Park is 22 acres.
Hours: Dawn to Dusk.
Parking: Limited on-site parking (30 cars) at Watson Park. Additional parking on Gordon Road. Parking at the Weymouth Landing Access Ramp is reserved for car-top boat access.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
At Watson Park: benches, trash receptacles, seasonal concession stand and restrooms, plus Watson Park baseball fields, tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground and a seasonal splash pad.
At Smith Beach: benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, seasonal restrooms.
At Weymouth Landing Access Ramp: benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, access ramp for car-top boats.
Dogs: Dogs are permitted in Watson Park but not at Smith Beach, nor the walkway to Smith Beach.
Boat Ramp: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River