403 East St, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: Town of Hingham
Consider this Hingham property during the coldest days of winter, when the pond freezes sufficiently for ice skating. For decades, the red-shingled “Skate House” stood at this site, providing shelter from the cold. It was demolished in 2020.
This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.
Habitats and Wildlife
A stream known as Turkey Hill Run flows out of this property and downstream into the Weir River, just upstream of Lyfords Lyking, a great spot for viewing the Weir River estuary. The pond itself is in a wooded setting, surrounded with pine, oak and maple trees.
Formed at the confluence of Crooked Meadow River and Fulling Mill Brook, the Weir River flows north through Hingham, with Tower Brook and Accord Brook joining it in its first mile. It gradually turns northeast and flows for another 1.4 miles, through Weir River Farm and eventually into Foundry Pond. The Weir River Estuary, designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Area of Critical Concern, begins just below the manmade dam at the pond. The mile-wide estuary — with numerous acres of undisturbed salt marsh — forms the border between Hingham and Hull, and empties into Hingham Bay. For more information about the Weir River, follow the Weir River Watershed Association.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 8.8 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Turkey Hill Run (Weir River watershed)