139 Monroe St, Pembroke, MA 02359, USA
Owned By: Town of Pembroke
A network of wide, flat walking trails through the woods and around a retired cranberry bog.
Purchased by the Town of Pembroke in 2000. Named for the Tubbs Family, who were early residents of Pembroke (c. 1710). Prior to European contact, the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the Jones River watershed, and the area now known as Kingston, Plymouth and Duxbury. This property lies at the outer edge of the Jones River watershed.
2.7 miles of trails. The main trail is a meandering loop around a cranberry bog system with a spur trail to each entrance. There are secondary trails that criss-cross the area within the main loop. Not all are marked well, so carrying a map is recommended. There are two main entrances — one on Monroe Street, and another on Mill Street, plus there is pedestrian access from Kallio Path. The Bay Circuit Trail passes through the property, and is marked with its own blazes. The Bay Circuit Trail is 200 miles of linked green space from Plum Island in Newburyport to Bay Farm in Duxbury.
Habitats and Wildlife
Typical of a retired cranberry bog, Tubbs Meadow offers close-up views of wetlands in varying stages of new growth, surrounded by man-made ditches, plus a pond. A pine-oak forest surrounds the bog areas with the occasional beech or birch tree. Within the sandier areas of the bog system, there are occasional patches of meadow, and also a grove of pitch pine. The waterways that run through Tubbs Meadow drain to Tubbs Meadow Brook, and onward into Silver Lake.
Silver Lake is a 640-acre lake bordered by Pembroke, Kingston, and Plympton. It was originally named Jones River Pond, but it became Silver Lake in the 1800s, in a marketing effort to sell more ice from it. The lake is the principal water supply for the City of Brockton. It is part of the Jones River Watershed.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 106 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Small on-site parking areas at both the Monroe Street and Mill Street entrances.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, observation platform. Kiosks at both parking areas.
Dogs: Dogs must be kept on leash.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Jones River watershed