9 Baslers Ln, Kingston, MA 02364, USA
Owned By: Town of Kingston
A short walk along wetlands and through woods and open fields, with close-up views of Smelt Brook. Sometimes misidentified on maps as Pawtuxet Park. Named for the Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag tribe who made their home in the area now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.
This relatively narrow strip of land, formerly Basler’s Farm, a dairy farm, was acquired by the Town of Kingston in 1970. According to the town’s website, the Patuxet, a subset of the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans, used this property as a summer encampment prior to European settlement of the area. The main Patuxet village was in Plymouth — the same area where the Pilgrims settled in 1620. The village was unpopulated when the Pilgrims arrived, having been decimated by a series of plagues in the 1610s.
The trail begins to the right of the property sign. It heads downhill, through a thicket, and along some wetlands before turning into the woods. If you look off to the right before you get to the woods, you can catch occasional glimpses of Foundry Pond through the trees. Next, a wide flat trail leads to a footbridge that crosses Smelt Brook. Go straight after the bridge to explore an open field, or continue to the left on the trail, through more woods, with additional views of the brook. Most of the trail is relatively flat, but there are sections with a moderate slope. Eventually the trail opens up into a larger hilltop field. Numerous spur trails here lead to private property. There is also a 20′ wide access easement that connects with Leland Road.
Habitats and Wildlife
Smelt Brook flows northeast through this property and then into Foundry Pond, before merging with the Jones River at Rocky Nook. Not far downstream, the Jones River empties into Kingston Bay.
Foundry Pond was created by a dam on Smelt Brook. Also on the property, within the wetland area, is an unnamed stream that flows into the brook. The woods here are primarily maple, oak and pine, with some birch and cedar and the occasional small holly tree. Sumac prevails in the larger of the two grassy fields. The thicket near the entrance is a prime spot for birding.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 23.8 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking at the end of Basler's Lane.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Smelt Brook (Jones River watershed)