This is the fourth hike in the Five-Park Hiking Challenge.
Join Amy Wilmot, a DCR interpreter and myself on a moderate 5 mile hike in Wompatuck State Park. This park, over 3,526 acres in size, is heavily wooded and offers a wide diversity in habitat. It is the site of the former Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Annex which was in use from 1941 until 1965. It contains over 100 decommissioned military bunkers, most of which are filled in, but are still partly exposed. It is also a very popular biking spot and offers over 400 campsites. It is located mostly in the town of Hingham.
This hike will be mostly flat, with very little elevation gain. We will explore the northern portion of the park, passing by Wildcat and Heron Ponds and stopping for lunch at a scenic cove of the Aaron River Resevoir. The park is full of interesting and unusual glacial rock formations including Burbank Boulder which will be along our route. There are many different types of woodlands, including numerous groves of holly, hemlock, beech and white pine. Wompatuck is also a very popular bird watching area. We will share some interesting information and discuss unique features that this park has to offer.
Meet at the main parking lot at 9:45 just past the entrance area. Hike will start promptly at 10:00AM. The hike is for adults who can walk at a moderate pace. Bring water, a lunch and bug spray for ticks. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on an 8-foot or shorter leash (no expandable leashes please). For additional information, call (508)[masked] x161. We will hike rain or shine. If weather conditions are severe, call for cancellation update.
Take Route 3 North to Exit 14 and the intersection with Route 228
Follow Route 228 North into Hingham for approximately 5 miles
Turn right onto Free Street
Continue one mile to the park entrance on the right