Donovan Fields, Circuit St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Owned By: Town of Norwell
A 2-mile network of paved walking/cycling trails, sidewalks and boardwalks, the Norwell Pathway provides an alternative to crossing town via Route 123. If you park near the Norwell Middle School (328 Main Street), you can travel more than a mile in either direction – west to the high school or east to Gaffield Park. There are a number of conservation properties along the route, offering various diversions. Stroller-friendly.
Also known as the Bicycle & Pedestrian Path, the Norwell Pathway will eventually extend to the Town Center. Phase IIIA, connecting Gaffield Park to Norris Reservation and the Town Center is currently (2020) underway.
One way to access the Norwell Pathway is from Gaffield Park, the playground at the corner of Forest and River Streets. The Pathway is essentially a sidewalk along Forest Street, but it’s a nice new sidewalk! The Pathway crosses Forest Street twice – before Miller Woods and a short distance after it. After the intersection with Circuit and Pleasant Streets, it becomes a true cycling and walking trail. Wider than the sidewalk, with marked lanes, The Pathway continues to the Middle School complex. Along the way, it skirts the edge of the Donovan fields, and then snakes through woods and wetlands, and even over streams (thanks to some beautifully-built boardwalks). Eventually The Pathway emerges at the far edge of some of the town’s soccer and lacrosse fields, continues past the Transfer Station, and dips back into the woods for its final leg. Additional boardwalks and paved sections lead to Cushing Hill Road, a residential street that intersects with South Street. Across the road and down a short distance is Norwell’s high school/library complex.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 2 miles
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Park at Gaffield Park, Miller Woods, Donovan/Wildcat Conservation Area, Norwell Town Hall, Norwell Middle School or Norwell High School.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed