Veterans Commemorative Town Forest – Pembroke

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.


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.

Trail Description

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.

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.

Veterans Commemorative Town Forest, School St, Pembroke, MA 02359, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 88 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking. Unoaved lot on Route 27 for 8 cars.

Cost: Free

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)

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