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Pembroke High & Hobomock Elementary Trails

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.

Features

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.

 

Trail Description

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.

81 Learning Ln, Pembroke, MA 02359, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 279 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited off-street parking at the end of Learning Lane.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed

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