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Wompatuck State Park

Wompatuck State Park is located in Hingham. Originally the property of Indian Chief Josiah Wompatuck {hence the name Wompatuck Park}, the land was eventually deeded to English settlers in 1665. Known best for its use during WWII and the Korean war as an ammunition depot, it was closed after the war and today it is owned by the state as a 3,526 acre playland for the outdoor enthusiast.

The park extends into Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate and Norwell with miles of singletrack bike trails, roads and wide pathways. It's a great place to ride bikes, from the beginner to the well advanced rider. The area near the "recycling center", which is an abandoned building once used for loading and unloading, has a large paved area perfect for the new rider. Kids have their freedom to ride free of cars, all within arms reach of watchful parents.

Cross country skiing, fishing in the ponds, bike riding, running, walking, dog walking bird watching and horse back riding are all possible here. There is also a campsite area open from April through October. It's not glamorous camping, drive in, park, unpack at your "platform" and call it good. Perfect for the first camper experience with the kids - close enough to home for a forgotten stuffed animal, shower or a cozy bed if it doesn't work out. RV's and regular campers find Wompatuck their home away from home in the summer.

So, Wompatuck is great but has it's limitations. You've got almost 4000 beautiful acres to explore but scattered among those 4000 acres are abandoned bunkers which for this Betty make it a bit spooky to explore alone {in all fairness, whenever I am there I see many, many, many single runners, walkers and bikers. This Betty is obviously a bit of a chicken}.

Get a map at the visitor center when you arrive, explore and have fun!