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Wompatuck State Park

Greater Boston Region, MA

Urban Legend, Family

Directions & description

Location: Hingham, Massachusetts. Located on Boston's South Shore

Length/Configuration: Approximately 30 miles of trails and old roads. Network of singletrack, dirt roads (automobile free). There is also a 10 mile paved bike path.

Terrain/Surface: Singletrack varies from smooth to rough roots and rocks. Also dirt roads and paved roads.

Technical Difficulty: All skill levels and vared riding experience.

Elevation Change: Mostly level riding, some hilly sections. Ride gains approximately 150 feet, optional climb another 100 feet.

Multi-Use Trails: mountain biking, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding.

Caution: Mosquitoes in low-lying areas spring and early summer. Trails muddy in early spring.

 

 

 

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Wompatuck State Park

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Directions:

From North or South:
Rte 3 North to Exit 14 and the intersection with Rte. 228. Follow Rte. 228 North approximately 5 miles to Free Street on the right. Turn right onto Free Street one mile to the park entrance on the right.

 

General Description:

Located just a 35-minute drive from downtown Boston, 3,500 acre Wompatuck State Park can be classified as an Urban Legend. It contains the largest number and variety of singletrack trails and dirt roads located close to the Boston area. The many miles of additional, flat, paved automobile free roads are ideal for familes with young children. In the winter, snowmobilers and cross country skiers come out to use the trail system.

During WWII the park was an ammunition depot created by the federal Government and used by the U.S. military. After the war much of the depot was turned over to the state. Remnants of the depot era can still be seen today if you know where to look.

One of the most notable features of the Park is Mt. Blue Spring, a fresh water Spring. Wompatuck State Park offers 262 wooded campsites and fishing is allowed in the Cohasset Reservoir.

 

The Trails:

Riders of all levels and abilities will enjoy these trails. Miles of paved bicycle paths and old roads wind through pleasant woods and skirt around ponds. It's mostly smooth, level riding with some hilly sections. There is also a wide variety of singletrack, some twisty with obstructions such as trees, roots and rocks.

In the past couple of years, Park Management, with the aid of local mountain bikers and advocacy groups such as NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association), have built a whole new network of mountain bike trails on the east side of the park. Trail marking is still in progress.

What makes this an ideal place for families is the 12 mile paved bike path. Miles of additional, level automobile-free paved roads also provide safe, easy riding for children. It's the ideal place to take that special someone or beginner to introduce them to mountain biking.

Wompatuck State Park is adjacent to Cohasset's Whitney Thayer Woods, a Trustees of Reservations property, that allows mountain biking on a series of well maintained gravel paths. One of Wompatuck's trails leads right into Whitney Thayer (see Other Trails Near Boston above).

 

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For more information:

Wompatuck State Park:
204 Union St.
Hingham, Massachussetts 02043

Phone: (781) 749-7160
Website: Wompatuck State Park

 

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