Poor Meadow Brook Conservation Area

891 W Washington St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

(781) 294-4119

Owned By: Town of Hanson

Short, wide, gravel trail through the woods leads from parking area to Shumatuscacant River. Suitable for launching a kayak or canoe. Additional narrow footpaths lead to additional water views. Property improvements and an additional 1.5 miles of trail development are planned for 2021. The confluence of Poor Meadow Brook and the Shumatuscacant River lies deep within the property, as well as a beaver dam.


This new (2020) property provides access to the Shumatuscacant River for canoes, kayaks and anglers. Follow the wide cart path from the parking area, along West Washington Street, to the river. The embankment is suitable for launching to the river. There are plans in the works for expanding and improving the trail system.

Trail Description

A wide gravel cart path extends from the parking area less than a tenth of a mile to the Shumatuscacant River. Additional narrow footpaths begin to the rear of the parking area and head into the woods, for additional river views. Some of these paths are overgrown.

Habitats and Wildlife

This property provides direct access to the Shumatuscacant River. Elsewhere on the property (not currently accessible by trail) is the confluence of Poor Meadow Brook and the Shumatuscacant River. They are part of the Satucket River watershed.

There is reported evidence of beaver activity on the property as well, but not in the areas that are presently accessible on foot.

The forest is primarily beech and maple, with plenty of ferns and some pine.

891 W Washington St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 115 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking on West Washington Street (Route 14)

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Informational kiosk. Access to Shumatuscacant River but no official launch structure. Suitable for kayaks and canoes, and for anglers.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Shumatuscacant River (Taunton River watershed)

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