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Mulliken’s Landing

Landing Rd, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

(781) 585-0537

https://sites.google.com/view/kingstonconservation/mullikens-landing

Owned By: Town of Kingston

State- and town-owned landing on the Jones River. Access for canoes, kayaks and “car-top carry”-size boats. A short (0.1 mile) trail leads through the marsh to the river.

Features

The Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag tribe, made their home in the area now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth. Numerous artifacts have been found throughout the region surrounding the Jones River.

Dedicated in 2002, and named in honor of a longtime Kingston resident, Robert A. Mulliken, this small property offers a close-up view of the Jones River and the Route 3 bridge that passes over it.

 

Trail Description

A dirt and stone dust trail, marked with a memorial boulder, extends 350 feet from the parking area to the river. At lower tides, the section of the trail closest to the river is very muddy and not easy to traverse. Better access at high tide.

You can paddle in either direction from this spot. Kingston Bay is about 1.4 miles downstream, and Elm Street is about 1.4 mile upstream. The best paddling here occurs around high tide.

A little bit downstream, the Kingston Town Wharf, also known as Ah-De-Nah (“a good place to stay”) on Landing Road, might be a friendlier access point. Or consider Jones River Landing, just upstream, on the other side of the Route 3 bridge.

 

Habitats and Wildlife

From the parking lot, the trail passes through a very small, shady woodland grove featuring sumac, birch, linden, cedar and wild grapes. It continues through the salt marsh to the Jones River. The Jones River finds it source at Silver Lake, and extends for 7.5 miles through the town of Kingston, emptying into the Atlantic at Kingston Bay.

Landing Rd, Kingston, MA 02364, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 2.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Small parking lot on Landing Road at the intersection with River Road.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Medium

Facilities:

Informational kiosk.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Jones River

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