Veterans Commemorative Town Forest, School St, Pembroke, MA 02359, USA
Owned By: Town of Pembroke
A network of about 3 miles of woodland trails, on a hillside overlooking Silver Lake. A section of the Bay Circuit Trail extends through this property.
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 within the upper portion of the Jones River watershed, and was likely part of the Patuxet’s territory. To learn more about our local tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and the Herring Pond Wampanoag both share information on their websites.
Access the trail network from the parking area on Route 27, or walk in from various points at the Pembroke Community Middle School. There are 1.8 miles of primary trails — many of these are wide cart paths. There is also another mile or so of secondary trails. Some are quite steep! Head downhill for views of Silver Lake. Don’t miss the Silver Lake Overlook in the northwest corner. A section of the Bay Circuit Trail extends through this property.
Habitats and Wildlife
The woods here are composed primarily of pine, with some oak and beech, and plenty of ferns. The wetlands along the shores of Silver Lake provide some diversity.
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.
The Jones River finds it source at Silver Lake, and extends for 7.5 miles through the town of Kingston. Follow the Jones River Watershed Association for more information.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 88 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking. Unpaved lot on Route 27 for 8 cars.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Benches, dog waste receptacles, geocache location.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Silver Lake (Jones River watershed)