Hiking

Veterans Memorial Town Forest

Hanson Town Forest, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

(781) 294-4119

Owned By: Town of Hanson

A quiet area of woods and wetlands on the shore of Wampatuck Pond.

Features

Hanson’s first conservation area (1938), this property was previously known as “Poor Farm.” It is managed by the Town Forest Committee. Overcrowded trees are harvested selectively to improve the longterm health of the forest.

Trail Description

The approximately 1-mile trail network is unmarked, but relatively easy to follow. Some paths are wide, others are narrow, but all are well-trodden with few obstacles. A portion of the Bay Circuit Trail, blazed in white, runs through the property. There is a trailhead on Route 58, across the street from the Indian Head School. Look for the informational kiosk. (Park at the sports complex, immediately adjacent to the trailhead.) Trail access is also available at the end of the residential street known as Indian Trail.

Habitats and Wildlife

The forest is located directly on Wampatuck Pond. The 62-acre pond is manmade, and Indian Head Brook, a tributary to the Indian Head River, flows through it. In the woods, you will find pine and oak, as well as maple, beech and holly trees, and also and a remarkably large yellow birch! Other plant life includes ferns and mayflowers.

Hanson Town Forest, Hanson, MA 02341, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 37 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Park at the sports complex on Route 58, or at the cue de sac at the end of Indian Trail.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

Pond overlook with two benches. Two rough campsites for use by scout groups.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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