Stodders Neck, Lincoln Street, Hingham, MA, USA
Owned By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A peninsula at the mouth of the Back River. Harborside walking trails and a hilltop view. Popular for dog walking. Stroller-friendly.
Part of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation’s (DCR) Back River Reservation, this property used to be sand and gravel pit. It is now very popular for dog-walking. Be advised that in some areas, dogs are permitted too be off-leash.
For a walk with fewer canine companions, consider the following properties in the immediate vicinity:
• Bare Cove Park
• Great Esker Park
• Osprey Overlook Park
• Webb Memorial State Park
• Abigail Adams State Park
• Kibby Property
A mostly gravel, mostly flat, 0.7-mile loop trail offers gorgeous views of the Weymouth Back River. A short spur trail leads to the top of a small hill known as the McCarthy Hummock. You can also access the beach here, and there’s lots of shoreline to explore!
Habitats and Wildlife
This park was once a sand and gravel pit, so the vegetation is quite young. There are some pines, oaks and cedar trees, some sumac, and plenty of grass. You can also access sandy beaches and rocky shorelines along the Weymouth Back River.
The Weymouth Back River rises from several ponds and swamps, including Whitman Pond in Weymouth. it flows for about 10 miles and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Hingham Bay, downstream of the park, and just south of Grape Island and Slate Island.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 23 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Large on-site parking lot.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Informational kiosk, restrooms, picnic area, numerous benches, trash and dog waste receptacles, water fountain.
Dogs: Dogs allowed off-leash in designated areas of the park.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes