46 Abington St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Hingham Conservation: 781-741-1445
Owned By: Town of Hingham
This small property is located in a remote section of Hingham, near the industrial parks, close to the Rockland and Weymouth borders. At the end of the 0.18-mile trail you’ll find an unnamed tributary to the Old Swamp River.
The Town of Hingham became the owner of this property in 2009. This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.
Spring turkey and fall deer bow hunting are allowed, by Special Permit only, through the Hingham Conservation Commission.
Look for the “Caution: Blind Person” sign. Right behind it is the trailhead, which is marked with a sign and map. There is an additional property sign a little farther down the road.
The trail is narrow at first. It passes quickly through some poison ivy as well as a wet area before widening into a cart path. After passing through a small grove of pine, it continues to a sandy area, and then veers to the right, heading downhill. An unnamed stream that is a tributary to the Old Swamp River is at the bottom of the hill. This is also the terminus of the trail. (Total distance 0.18 miles.)
Habitats and Wildlife
An unnamed tributary to the Old Swamp River flows through the back of this small property. Along the trail, you’ll find maple, beech, yellow birch, oak, and pine trees, as well as wild grapes, sweet pepper bush, ferns, and poison ivy.
The Old Swamp River flows through Hingham and into Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth. It is a headwater to the Weymouth Back River, which flows for about 10 miles and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Hingham Bay, downstream of the park, and just south of Grape Island and Slate Island.
River herring swim upstream from the ocean to Whitman’s Pond (and beyond) every year to spawn. You may be able to catch a glimpse of them in April, at Herring Run Pool Park in Jackson Square, Weymouth. Other fish commonly found in the pond include bass, bluegill, crappie, pickerel, and lake trout.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 13.6 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Very limited roadside parking on Abington Street. The trailhead is located between #42 and Little Sprouts. Look for the Caution: Blind Person sign.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Old Swamp River (Weymouth Back River watershed)