Forge Pond Park, 245 King St, Hanover, MA 02339, USA
Owned By: Town of Rockland
Catch a glimpse of the area’s industrial past on this wide, partially paved, 1 mile woodland trail. Access from Forge Pond Park in Hanover, and from Satucket Road in Rockland. Stroller-friendly in some sections.
This property is easily confused with the Hanover Fireworks trail system, across King Street from Forge Pond Park. The Old Rockland Fireworks Loop remains open, while the Hanover Fireworks property is closed due to unexploded ordinance within its boundaries (detonation/removal process is underway). In earlier times, the Hanover Fireworks served as a manufacturer of defense weapons. Heavy metals, contaminated soil/water, and unexploded ordinance make the property very unsafe for visitors. Please respect the “Trail Closed” signs.
Concrete structures, some covered completely with graffiti, present a stark contrast to this otherwise wooded landscape. Small brooks run along both sides of the trail, and occasionally you’ll see a concrete pipe or culvert as well.
This loop trail is wide, flat, and graded, composed mostly of gravel, although some sections are paved. The trailheads are not marked, but are clearly denoted on the map (see link above). There are three access points.
• A metal gate at the western end of the Clark Bog Trail at Hanover’s Forge Pond Park.
• The “red” trail that extends for a mile through Rockland’s Summer Street Conservation Lands, from the French’s Stream Trail at Forge Pond Park.
• A trail that begins on Satucket Road in Rockland.
Habitats and Wildlife
The woodlands that surround this trail include maple, birch, holly, pine and hemlock, plus plenty of fern. There is rough is a network of canals on site, likely the remains of industrial pursuits.
The property lies within the watershed of the Drinkwater River, which flows from Forge Pond, through Factory Pond, and into the Indian Head River. The Indian Head River is a major tributary to the North River.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 1.1 mile
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: • Access from Rockland: Halfway down Satucket Road, in the section where there are no houses, look for two large boulders on the left side of the road. Park on the street, and look for the trailhead behind the boulders. The trail leads to a clearing, and if you continue to the right, you will soon find the remains of a paved roadway. This is the trail. • Access from Hanover, at Forge Pond Park: Follow the Clark Bog Trail from Parking Area C, heading toward Rockland and away from King Street. The Old Rockland Fireworks Loop begins just beyond the metal gate.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
No facilities on the Old Rockland Fireworks Loop Trail itself, but there are numerous benches, porta-potties, informational kiosks, and dog waste receptacles throughout Forge Pond Park. The pavilion (limited, seasonal hours) has a concession area with picnic tables.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Drinkwater River/North River watershed