Weir River Estuary Park, 333 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045, USA
Owned By: Towns of Hingham, Cohasset and Hull
Extending into the towns of Hingham, Hull and Cohasset, this broad area features opportunities for fishing, paddling, boating, hiking, and birding, as well as historical points of interest. Consult the Weir River Watershed Association for information about programs and volunteer opportunities.
Steamboat Wharf: a historic site where steamships once brought summer tourists from Boston to Hull. The carousel across the street is the last remaining attraction from the bygone Paragon Park.
Porters Cove: a popular fishing spot for striped bass.
Weir River Estuary Center: an educational center with river access.
West Corner: the intersection of Rockland Street, Jerusalem Road and Nantasket Ave., where all 3 towns come together. Named for the grocery store that once stood on site, this spot is home to a tide gate that separates Straits Pond from the rest of the estuary. In earlier times, the strait powered a grist mill.
According to “Weir River Estuary Park: A Paddling Guide,” Native Americans hunted and fished the Weir River for thousands of years. European settlers in Plymouth Colony began trading with aboriginal tribes as early as 1621.
See below for trail info.
Follow the Weir River Watershed Association for more information about the Weir River.
Hiking: Look for hiking trails in Hull’s Weir River Woods, and in Hingham’s World’s End. In addition, on George Washington Boulevard, across from the courthouse, there is a roadside pull-off with parking for up to 6 cars. A short (less than 0.1 mile) trail through an oak/cedar woodland leads to the edge of the marsh, and offers views of the water as well as some rocky outcroppings.
Boat access at: Nantasket Pier, Weir River Estuary Center, and Straits Pond (Winsor Shores). Boat pumpout and kayak rentals at Nantasket Pier.
Paddling Notes: Use caution in The Narrows as currents can be strong here. Stay close to shore and be aware of submerged rocks. At the Weir River Channel, portage is required (over an abandoned fish weir) for 2 hours on either side of low tide. At West Corner, a portage over the highway (Rt. 228) is required.
Habitats and Wildlife
Formed at the confluence of Crooked Meadow River and Fulling Mill Brook, the Weir River flows north through Hingham, with Tower Brook and Accord Brook joining it in its first mile. It gradually 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 — with numerous acres of undisturbed salt marsh — forms the border between Hingham and Hull, and empties into Hingham Bay.
The 92-acre Straits Pond is stewarded by the Straits Pond Watershed Association and is home to many pairs of mute swans.
Within the estuary, look for 100+ species of migratory and breeding birds. Fish and shellfish thrive here, including soft shell clams, blue mussels, and American oysters. Recreational shellfishing is prohibited.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Size: 950 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Parking available at Nantasket Pier, World's End, Weir River Estuary Center. Fees vary.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Boat Ramp: Yes
ADA Access: Available at Nantasket Pier.
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Weir River