Hiking

Old Rockland Fireworks Loop Trail

Forge Pond Park, 245 King St, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

781-826-5000

https://www.hanover-ma.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/forge-pond-park

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 that is in the process of being detonated and/or removed. (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.)

Features

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.

Trail Description

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.

Please see separate listings for more details on:
Forge Pond Park
French’s Stream Trail 
Clark Bog Trail 
Summer Street Conservation Lands

Habitats and Wildlife

The woodlands that surround this trail include maple, birch, holly, pine and hemlock, plus plenty of fern.

Forge Pond Park, 245 King St, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: 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.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

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: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes