Wompatuck State Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:1 Union Street, Hingham, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free

mass.gov/dcr; 781-749-7160

Bathrooms: At the visitor center
Water/Snacks: Water fountain next to the bathrooms

Wompatuck offers miles of fantastic trails for biking, hiking, or cross-country skiing. Visitors can also turn a day trip into an overnight at one of the park’s wooded campsites.

Kids love searching for creatures large and small, such as this frog hiding among lily pads.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Wompatuck State Park is a fantastic place to take kids bike riding. Twelve miles of paved bicycle trails, in addition to miles of wooded bridle paths and hiking trails, offer lots of riding options. The park is popular with campers and has more than 250 wooded campsites (some with electricity). In winter, the trails are perfect for cross-country skiing.

The park is named after an American Indian chief whom the local colonists knew as Josiah Wompatuck. In 1665, Chief Wompatuck deeded the park and the surrounding land to the English settlers. During World War II, the park was used as an ammunition depot by the U.S. military.

Kids will love to visit Mount Blue Spring, a source of fresh drinking water where you can fill up your water containers for free. It’s near the campground. Stop at the visitor center for a map, and check in advance about special programs. Rangers lead hikes, discuss insects and animals that live in the park, and hold Junior Ranger programs on topics such as fire safety and preparing a campsite.

Remember: Fishing is allowed in the Cohasset Reservoir, but only car-top (nonmotorized) boats are allowed. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

Plan B:

World’s End (Trip 62) is quite close by and has stunning views of the Boston skyline and easy carriage paths to hike, as well as a rocky beach where kids can comb for sea glass or flat rocks for skipping.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Hingham has a variety of dining options, from upscale restaurants to casual clam shacks.


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