World’s End

World's End, Martins Lane, Hingham, MA, USA



Owned By: The Trustees

IMPORTANT: World’s End is open, but with restrictions (related to COVID-19 and Social Distancing). A parking pass, available online, is required. Visit: http://www.thetrustees.org/COVID19/

The jewel in the crown of South Shore nature preserves, designed in part by Frederick Law Olmsted. Rolling hills bordered by Hingham Harbor and the Weir River with majestic views of the Boston skyline. Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.


Colonial-era farmers cleared  all the trees that grew at World’s End, and erected a dam so they could grow hay in the salt marsh. In the 1880s, John Brewer established a farming estate here. He made plans to build a 163-house residential subdivision (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted) in 1890, but fortunately that did not end up happening!  The homes were never built, but some of the carriage roads are still in place. The property was also strongly considered as a location for the headquarters of the United Nations in 1945, as well as for a nuclear power plant (1965). In 1967, local residents worked with The Trustees to raise funds to purchase and preserve the property.

Don’t miss Planters Hill. It is crowned with three rings of trees and a circular path. A flat grassy area stands in the middle: a classic design for a sacred place. From the summit you can look down in four directions: south, across the sprawling fields of World’s End; west, to Hingham Harbor and the wooded, suburban town; east, beyond the rocky bayside cliffs to hundreds of cottages along the skinny arm of Hull; and north, to Boston, the Harbor Islands, and Massachusetts Bay.

Annual horseback riding permit required. Call for details.

Trail Description

Follow 4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths through the woods, along the shoreline, and up & down Planters Hill. Work your way around the perimeter or follow any of the numerous loop trails for a variety of habitats and landscapes.

Habitats and Wildlife

Woodlands, rocky shorelines, drumlin hills and open fields, plus marshland and granite ledges. Plenty of red cedar and blueberry. Olmsted’s designed landscape is carefully maintained.

World's End, Martins Lane, Hingham, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 251 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking on Martin's Lane.

Cost: Trustees members and children: FREE. Nonmember adults: $8 weekend/holiday and $6 weekday

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium


Public restrooms. Benches. Drinking water fountain.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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