BARE COVE PARK:

HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:      October 12, 2013

Length:                Bare Cove Path; 1.7 miles

                              Indian Point Loop; 3.1 miles

Difficulty:             Bare Cove Path; Easy. Relatively flat, abandoned paved road. 

                              Indian Point Loop; Moderate. Hilly, abandoned paved roads with a some hard packed dirt roads.

Directions:     

Follow Route 3A south from Quincy through North Weymouth and across the Weymouth Back River. Take your first right on Beal St which becomes West St. Turn right on Fort Hill St and take your next right on Bare Cove Park Drive. Follow past the ball fields to a smaller parking lot next to the S.S. Model Railway Club. Trail Starts just past the gate.    

Bare Cove Park is located along the banks of the Weymouth Back River (a tidal river). Prior to 1906, the land was privately owned. The site was acquired by the U.S. Navy and used as an ammunition depot until 1971. In 1972, Bare Cove Park was set aside as a wildlife sanctuary and a place for public recreation. The old abandoned roads now form a network of trails throughout the park. Bare Cove Path forms the main from the parking lot to Beal Street by Route 3A. Indian Point Loop consists of several paths combined to form a loop trail along the southern portion of the park around Indian Point. There are many paths to choose from. For more information visit; BARE COVE PARK .

Bare Cove Path

Starting from Bare Cove Park Drive parking lot; You'll find a map board located just past the gate. Bare Cove Path starts here and follows the old road west. You'll quickly come to the start of the Indian Point Loop on your left. See Below. Continue straight past the "Median Garden" following the wide road around Beal Cove. Pass by a green dock house at 0.8 miles with wide open views of the river. Picnic tables here. Come to the intersection with the Sheltry Path and bear left. Here you'll find Map B, as noted on the map, on a short post. 

Note; The Sheltry Path takes you to the Beal Street parking lot and sports fields.

Continue paralleling the river and you'll soon spot the Route 3A Bridge over the river. Come to a dirt path on your right at 1.6 miles. This is Bunker Alley which you may take to loop back to the Bare Cove Path and the Bare Cove Park Drive parking lot. If you continue straight you'll reach the northern tip of the park and the end of the trail at 1.7 miles. Just past the fence is a dirt parking area off Beal St.

Indian Point Loop

Starting from Bare Cove Park Drive parking lot; You'll find a map board located just past the gate. Bare Cove Path starts here and follows the old road west. You'll quickly come to the start of the Indian Point Loop on your left. Turn left past the "Median Garden" and follow to an intersection. Here you'll find Map C, as noted on the map, on a short post. These maps are located throughout the park. Head left along Conservatory Path. There are many side trails and intersecting trails. Keep left at all road intersections as this loop travels the outer edge of the park. Some small hills along this route. Pass an outdoor amphitheatre. Continue left along Fresh River Path at 0.8 miles. Continue staying left and soon you'll be traveling alongside the Fresh River floodplain and Indian Point. This old road ends at a rocky beach overlooking the Weymouth Back River. Across the river is the Back River Trail . Head back along the road and take your first left along a hard packed dirt path. This brings you past a scenic knoll with a picnic table overlooking the river and out to Indian Point Path. Head left along this old road which affords nice views of the river. At your next intersection continue straight to an open intersection. Here you'll find Map F. Head left along wide Bridges Path which brings you to the Back River Path. Here you'll find Map E. Turn left and follow this road back to the Conservatory Path. Here you'll find Map C again. Turn left and complete your loop by returning to the Bare Cove Path after 3.1 miles. 

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