Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wompatuck State Park Hike, Hingham, MA

Did an 8-mile hike with more than 30 people the other day at Wompatuck State Park. It was an unusually warm October day, with temperatures approaching 80 degrees. Wompatuck is a mostly flat, wooded area with several ponds and an extensive network of trails as well as paved roads, some of which are off limits to cars.

We went past some particularly scenic bodies of water, including Woodpecker Pond (above), which is near the visitor center, Boundary Pond (left), which is on the other side of the park near Norwell, and the remote, beautiful Heron Pond (bottom).

In addition to the scenic ponds in Wompatuck, there were also some interesting meadows and fields, as well as some particularly nice trails and roads, including one winding road that cuts through the center of the park (shown here), going past Wildcat Pond.

There really isn't much in the way of scenic overlooks or high hills (none of either, to be honest) at Wompatuck State Park, but it is a fairly rugged, surprisingly remote area that extends through four towns, and is definitely a good spot to do some long-distance hiking without driving too far from Boston.

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