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Forest Trails

Weir River Woods

Hull, MA 02045, USA

Owned By: Town of Hull

This wooded property offers a mile of intersecting walking trails, plus beautiful views of the Weir River and its estuary. It is located in Hull’s Rockaway Annex neighborhood, near George Washington Boulevard and the Hingham town line. Part of Weir River Estuary Park.

Trail Description

From the parking area, a 0.04-mile entrance trail leads to the main trail. If you turn to the right, the trail extends for about 0.2 miles, through the woods and alongside the marsh. If you turn to the left, the trail leads over a series of wooden boardwalks and planks, around a vernal pool and small wetland, and then up a gently sloping ridge into the woods. There are several intersecting trails in the woods here, at least one of which forms a loop with the main trail. Altogether there is at least a mile of trail to explore. The trails are generally narrow but clear.

Habitats and Wildlife

The woods here are predominantly oak, with cedar trees and lots of greenbrier. There are numerous rocky outcroppings on the property, and excellent views of the Weir River and its estuary.

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.

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.

Hull, MA 02045, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 13 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk.

Parking: Limited on-site parking via a small lot on Chatham Street in Hull.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

Facilities:

Informational kiosk, benches.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: Yes

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Weir River