Tindale Bog & Beach, Hanover, MA, USA
Owned By: Town of Hanover
A small pond with an adjacent woodland trail network and access to a former railroad bed.
The small pond here was created in colonial times, by damming a stream. In the summer it tends to grow thick with water lilies. There is a bench beside the pond, inviting quiet contemplation.
This trail network includes a 0.4-mile section of the former Hanover Branch Railroad. The Hanover Branch Railroad extended 7.8 miles from Hanover Four Corners, through South and West Hanover, across Rockland, to North Abington, where it connected with the Old Colony Railroad to Plymouth. Incorporated in 1846, and constructed over the better part of the next 20 years, it officially opened for service in 1868.
E. Y. Perry, who operated a large tack factory in South Hanover, was largely responsible for the creation of the railway. He also owned a general store (now Myette’s) and constructed the building in South Hanover that for many years housed a series of a shoe factories – Goodrich, Cochran, and Shanley — and part of the Clapp Rubber Company. The railway facilitated the transport of materials and finished products to and from these and other businesses, but also offered passenger service. Amusingly, in its latter years, when the businesses along its route had shut down, it continued to carried passengers, . . . but only by self-propelled cars! The Old Colony Railroad absorbed the Hanover Branch in 1887. In 1893, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad took over the lease. Railroad service had dwindled significantly by the 1930s.
Start at the parking area for the Nava-Stasiluk Trail, near 526 Center Street, and look for the former railroad bed that crosses Center Street nearby. (You can simply cross Center Street to find it, or follow the green-blazed trail through the woods.) Follow the railroad bed south to access the Tindale Bog area. There are a few intersecting red-blazed trails that extend from the railroad bed into the woods. One of these leads to a small shallow pond. There are two additional pedestrian access points to this property: one on Broadway (follow the red Hanover Conservation blazes), and one on Cross Street (follow the green blazes). Both are fairly close to the pond.
Habitats and Wildlife
The woods here are primarily pine, but there is also some birch. The waters of the Tindale Bog area drain into the Indian Head River, to the south.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 16 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Use the parking lot for the Nava-Stasiluk Trails, near 526 Center Street.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
A bench overlooks the pond.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes