Paved Trails

Scituate Harborwalk

Scituate Harbor Gazebo, Cole Pkwy, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Scituate Harbormaster: (781) 545-8724

Owned By: Town of Scituate

The Scituate Harborwalk extends for a half mile, along Scituate Harbor and Satuit Brook, with beautiful water views. A concrete walkway (with a guardrail), it passes by the Scituate Harbormaster headquarters, several marinas, as well as the Morrill Memorial Bandstand gazebo, and various memorials.


Located on Scituate Harbor, in the commercial center of town. Interpretive signage along the Harborwalk offers this history of the area: “The period of time between the mid 1600’s through the mid 1800s defined Scituate as one of the most prosperous harbors between Boston and New Bedford. As maritime based industries grew along the waterfront, the wharf area became the center of activity for the Town. Numerous men listed their occupation as shipwrights, chandlers, coopers, blacksmiths, carpenters and sail makers. Serving trade and travel, a ship yard, tide mill, lumber mill and livery covered the area where (the Mill Wharf Marina and restaurant) now stand. … Schooners, barks, brigantines and whaling ships were built and sailed from Scituate to destinations around the world.”

Long before the arrival of European settlers, Scituate was inhabited by members of the Massachusett (Massachuseuk) tribe, who maintained villages on the eastern shore of the Gulf River, as well as in Scituate Harbor. To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett, and the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, both share information on their websites. 

Trail Description

Access the Harborwalk from Cole Parkway. There are official entrances at the intersection of Front Street and Cole Parkway, and at the Scituate Harbormaster headquarters. The walkway continues along the water’s edge, behind and between various marinas and restaurants. Continue your walk via sidewalk past the Scituate Town Pier, the Bates House, and all the way to the Scituate Harbor Community Building on Jericho Road. Along the way, look for interpretive signage to learn more about Satuit Brook, Irish Mossing, the Wharf Area, and the Bates sisters.

Habitats and Wildlife

The Harborwalk overlooks Satuit Brook and Scituate Harbor. This is a great spot to see shorebirds.

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Scituate Harbor Gazebo, Cole Pkwy, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 0.5 miles

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Benches, trash receptacles, memorials, interpretive signage, picnic tables, bike rack, Morrill Memorial Bandstand (gazebo).

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Scituate Harbor/Atlantic Ocean