BACK RIVER TRAIL:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: October 12, 2013
Length: Back River Trail; 2.1 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. Hilly, old abandoned paved road. A couple of very steep hills. Not recommended for kids on bikes.
Follow Route 3A south from Quincy through North Weymouth. Just before Abigail Adams SP and a bridge over the Weymouth Back River, turn right at the end of the plaza. Instead of continuing straight towards Lowes, immediately turn left back towards Route 3A. Just before the exit turn right along a paved road to a small parking area. You'll see a sign for Great Esker Park straight ahead.
The Back River Trail follows an abandoned road through Great Esker Park which follows the Weymouth Back River (a tidal River). An esker is formed by a stream or river in a tunnel underneath a glacier. It is made up of the sediments dropped by that stream or river. When the glacier retreats, the deposits remain, exposing a long, winding hill where the stream or river used to be. The park features the highest esker in North America.
Starting from the Great Esker Park parking lot; A Porto-potty is located here. Travel past the green gate along an old paved road. You travel along the road past the commercial district on your right and into the woods. After 0.5 miles you begin a steep climb up a short hill. Travel along the esker with steep drop offs along both sides. Fleeting glimpses of the river. Travel down a steep hill to river level at 1.4 miles. Trail access from Puritan Rd here. Open views of the river. Pass by a boardwalk and travel along an inlet before the road takes a sharp left around the end of this inlet.
Note; Here at 1.8 miles future plans call for continuing the trail south through the old landfill and out to Wharf St. The town is actively seeking funds for this trail connection.
The road then travels north between the inlet and the river. The road ends after 2.1 miles at a gravel beach overlooking the river. Across the river is Bare Cove Park .
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BIKE IT OR HIKE IT