21 Triphammer Rd, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: Town of Hingham
A 19-acre pond surrounded by woods with a 1-mile walking trail around the perimeter. Try ice skating here in the winter. Watch for migrating fish (in the fish ladder) in the spring. Links directly to Wompatuck State Park.
Triphammer Pond was acquired by the Town of Hingham in 1945. Triphammer Woods, an adjacent woodland, was acquired in 1995, protecting the entire shoreline of the pond. Walk across the dam and look for the remains of an old mill below. Non-motorized boating is permitted on the pond.
A rugged, unmarked trail extends for just over a mile around the pond. It is mostly on Hingham Conservation land, but passes briefly through Wompatuck State Park (between markers N16 and N11). The trail is sometimes rocky and rooty.
Habitats and Wildlife
The forest here is primarily pine and oak, with plenty of beech, plus some holly and hickory. Red maple dominates the swampy areas. The terrain is rocky in places, with a number of glacial erratic boulders. Deer hunting is permitted here between October 19 and November 28, with a special permit from the Town of Hingham.
Triphammer Pond was created when Accord Brook was dammed in the 1600s to provide power for a sawmill. Accord Brook flows from Wompatuck State Park, through Triphammer Pond, and eventually into the Weir River. Formed at the confluence of Crooked Meadow River and Fulling Mill Brook, the Weir River flows for a mile or so north through Hingham. Farther downstream, it 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 forms the border between Hingham and Hull, and empties into Hingham Bay.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 98 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking. Look for the gravel/dirt driveway between # 75 and #128 Popes Lane. Continue driving about 1/4 mile beyond the conservation area sign.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Informational kiosk, boardwalks, trailside picnic table and bench overlooking the pond.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Accord Brook (Weir River watershed)