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South River Bog

19 North St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Owned By: Town of Duxbury

Duxbury Conservation owns this 100-acre parcel, which offers captivating views of the South River. In the past, the property was known as Feinberg Bog. It is comprised primarily of former cranberry bogs, and is adjacent to Route 3. There is a network of trails through white pine forest and wetland, totaling about 1 mile in length.

Features

This 100-acre property was once cranberry bogs, but its agricultural days have passed. Dormant since the early 1900s, it has slowly converted to forest and marsh. The South River runs through it, plus some of the bog’s old irrigation channels are still in place. The parcel was once called Feinberg Bogs, and in addition to cranberry farming, charcoal was made in the forested uplands. Looking out over the river and its marshes, you may wonder what you’re seeing: the not-so-distant traffic of Route 3 is surprisingly close-by.

Trail Description

The property includes a network of trails, blazed in red, blue and green.

The entrance trail begins as a wide cart path and leads down a sizable hill. It soon narrows, and after about 0.2 miles, there is a fork. If you go straight, after another 0.2 miles, you will arrive at another intersection. Continue straight for a beautiful view of the South River. A concrete structure serves as a bridge, and you can continue through the woods for 0.2 miles to the Highland Trail neighborhood.

If you turn left at the first intersection, the trail continues in an arc and eventually crosses an old cranberry bog channel, arriving at another intersection (0.3 miles). Turn right to complete a loop that leads back to the first intersection mentioned above. Turn left for a longer walk. The trail extends around the border of a former cranberry bog, now well on its way to returning to a more natural state. After another 0.1 mile or so, a concrete structure provides passage over the South River. You can stop here to admire the view in both directions, or continue along the trail for a short way to the Tanglewood Trail neighborhood.

Habitats and Wildlife

The South River flows through this property. The woods here are composed of pine, oak, maple, sassafras, grey birch, and beech. There are lots of ferns, and also sweet pepperbush, blueberry, and greenbrier. Look for beaver dams across the smaller streams. River otters have been spotted here recently (2021). Use caution: they are known to behave aggressively toward humans.

19 North St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 100 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited parking is available on North Street. Look for a small wooden sign, up the road and diagonally across from Hillside Lane. No formal parking area. There is also pedestrian access from Tanglewood Trail and Highland Trail.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

No

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: South River

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