81 Learning Ln, Pembroke, MA 02359, USA
Owned By: Town of Pembroke
Three miles of mostly wide, well-maintained trails through the woods and wetlands bordering Pembroke High School and Hobomock Elementary School. Stroller-friendly in some sections.
Look for old stone walls and a historic cart path.
Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson as well as parts of Duxbury. Meanwhile the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the Jones River watershed, and the area now known as Kingston, Plymouth and Duxbury. This property lies between those two territories. It’s possible that both tribes utilized the area.
Hobomock (also spelled Hobbamock and Hobomok) was a warrior from the Pokanoket band of the Wampanoag, who lived alongside the settlers of Plimoth Colony in the 1620s. He was well-regarded both by Myles Standish, the colony’s military commander, and Massasoit, the Chief Sachem of the Wampanoag.
This property features about 3 miles of intersecting trails, including a portion of the Bay Circuit Trail, as well as the Cross Country running route for Pembroke High School. Some trails are marked with blazes (white or orange) or with Bay Circuit Trail markers. Most of the trails are wide and well-tended. There are also various unmarked spur trails.
The Bay Circuit Trail is a network of connected trails through 37 towns, spanning nearly 200 miles from Duxbury to Newburyport.
Habitats and Wildlife
Dense pine forest with some hemlock, oak, birch, holly, sassafras and maple, plus ferns and sweet pepperbush. Scattered wetland areas, some of which used to be cranberry bogs. A small pond drains to an unnamed tributary to Herring Brook. Wildlife commonly seen here include white-tailed deer, red fox, and a variety of birds.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 279 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited off-street parking at the end of Learning Lane.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed