Hiking

Simon Hill and Bowker Street Conservation Area

190 Bowker St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Owned By: Town of Norwell

200 acres, including Burnt Plain Swamp. Simon Hill is a 27-acre conservation area managed by Norwell’s Conservation Commission and Water Department. Bowker Street Conservation Area is a 173-acre property managed by Norwell’s Water Department.

Features

Simon Hill was originally targeted for development. It is now preserved for water protection and passive recreation.

Bowker Street Conservation Area is used for reserve drinking water wells and groundwater protection, as well as passive recreation.

According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, native tribes occupied the Simon Hill area through the Woodland, First Period and Colonial Period, and likely continued to occupy the site into the late 1700s.

Trail Description

The main trail leads into the woods at the end of Simon Hill Road, to the top of Simon Hill, and down the other side. After traversing some wetlands at Burnt Plain Swamp, it continues into the Bowker Street portion of the property. Here there are some trail loops. The main trail continues to Bowker Street.

Habitats and Wildlife

A stream runs through the property. There is a vernal pool on the Bowker Street portion of the property.

190 Bowker St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 200 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Off-street parking along the cul de sac at the end of Simon Hill Road, and at the entry gate across from #190 Bowker Street.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities: No

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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