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South Triangle Pond Conservation Area

60 Drew Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

774-343-5121

https://wildlandstrust.org/south-triangle-pond-conservation-area

Owned By: Wildlands Trust

This secluded 47-acre property on South Triangle Pond offers 2 miles of hilly woodland trails and water views. It is comprised up of 3 preserves: the Barnes-Jenkins Hole Wood Lot, the Herbert W. Bartlett Preserve, and the Phillips Preserve. There’s a small area for fishing directly on the pond. Directly adjacent to Plymouth Town Forest.

Features

This property was created thanks to gifts from 3 individuals. In 1989, Ethel P. Phillips provided the 3.5 acre Phillips Preserve. In 1990, Ruth Spooner Belcher provided the 4.1 acre Barnes-Jenkins Hole Wood Lot, and in 1991, Doris E. McNeill provided the 40.1 acre Herbert W. Bartlett Preserve.

Long before European settlers arrived in 1620, this land was part of Pokanoket, a Wampanoag village governed by Massasoit.

Trail Description

The parking area is limited to a handful of spots, just off the road. Look for the informational kiosks. On the west side, a short (0.06-mile) trail leads to an overlook with a bench and a steep incline to the water’s edge where, in season, there is a small fishing dock.

On the east side, the trail extends up and down numerous hills — some larger and steeper than others! It continues for nearly 2 miles, crossing two private roads along the way. Please respect private property and remain on the trails. Access to the private roads is prohibited.

On the east side, follow the 0.1-mile entrance trail to the first intersection. If you turn left, you can explore a 0.25-mile loop. If you turn right, you’ll be entering hilly terrain — rare to find on the South Shore! After about 0.2 miles, look for a trail on the right, which leads back to the parking area. Or continue straight, where you’ll find a pleasant bench for resting, and then another mile+ of up-and-down trail. After crossing two private roads, the trail ends abruptly at the top of a hill. If you squint, you can see Great South Pond below!

There are additional unmarked trail intersections that lead into the Plymouth Town Forest.

Habitats and Wildlife

The woods here are primarily white pine with some oak, maple, sassafras, and pitch pine. The understory features sweet pepperbush, huckleberry and low-bush blueberry. Low to the ground, look for Canada mayflower and wintergreen.

South Triangle Pond is a kettle pond. It is surrounded by a forest containing numerous hills and hollows, formed by the meltwater of  receding glaciers over 14,000 years ago.

The streams and surface waters in the South Triangle Pond Conservation Area are part of the Town Brook watershed. They flow north to Billington Sea, the 269-acre freshwater pond that is the headwaters for Town Brook. The brook flows for 1.5 miles before emptying into Plymouth Harbor.

60 Drew Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 47.7 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Very limited parking. Look for marked spots near the informational kiosks. Parking anywhere else on Drew Road is prohibited.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard

Facilities:

Informational kiosks, occasional benches, a seasonal fishing dock on South Triangle Pond.

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Town Brook watershed

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