115 Turkey Hill Ln, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Owned By: The Trustees
IMPORTANT: Temporarily closed to the public, for food production.
A family-friendly working farm with walking trails and beautiful landscapes. The barnyard is open seasonally.
The farm was part of the estate of Polly Thayer Starr, whose paintings and drawings were exhibited at museums in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia for more than 70 years. Starr donated the property to The Trustees in 1999.
Resident livestock include a small number of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens.
In cooperation with the Town of Hingham, authorized bow hunting (in season) is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage posted at the property lists safety precautions, requirements, and rules.
The 1.5-mile loop trail includes some steep elevations as well as flatter, grassy sections. From the top of Turkey Hill, follow the footpath downhill through the fields and woods. At the fork, one path leads to the barnyard, and the other extends across a grassy area and into a woodland known as “The Grove,” where there is also a “Garden Path” lined with shrubs and flowers. Additional trail access to Turkey Hill and Whitney & Thayer Woods.
Habitats and Wildlife
A working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The Weir River passes through the northwest edge of the property. Its course begins on the other side of Hingham, at Accord Pond. It flows through town, and ends at the Weir River Estuary between Hingham and Hull.
The fields at Weir River Farm are mowed annually and otherwise maintained as an ongoing effort to restore grassland birds species, including bobolink and meadowlark.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 75 acres
Hours: Trails open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Barnyard open seasonally for visitation.
Parking: Public parking lot at 140 Turkey Hill Lane.
Cost: No fees for trails. Barnyard admission varies depending on program offerings.
Trail Difficulty: Medium
Seasonal portable toilet near the red barn (not available November-March). Please note that there is no access to barn buildings or barn parking lots except for certain small programs. Note: the farm uses electric fencing around the perimeter of the livestock acreage.
Dogs: Dogs are not permitted anywhere at Weir River Farm or the trails surrounding the farm.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes