Hingham Harbor and Bumpkin and Grape Islands

Hingham, Massachusetts

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Hingham Harbor is an excellent starting point for kayakers who want to visit the Boston Harbor Islands but wish to stay within relatively protected waters. This trip offers two interesting harbor islands, a smattering of Hingham’s own tiny islands in Hingham Harbor and World’s End, a beautiful park owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Additional attractions include Nantasket Beach, with its historic carousel and boardwalk, and some quiet, very scenic paddling on the Weir River on the east side of World’s End. Though very much an urban paddle, filled with views of the Boston skyline and the lingering noise of highways, the trip is lovely in places and historically interesting. It also is a good introduction to island camping. Nearby Bumpkin Island offers waterfront sites at an excellent price (free), just 2.3 miles from the put-in. Attractions: Harbor Islands for picnicking, camping, and exploring; World’s End Conservation Area, fishing.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Hingham Harbor is an excellent starting point for kayakers who want to visit the Boston Harbor Islands but wish to stay within relatively protected waters. This trip offers two interesting harbor islands, a smattering of Hingham’s own tiny islands in Hingham Harbor and World’s End, a beautiful park owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Additional attractions include Nantasket Beach, with its historic carousel and boardwalk, and some quiet, very scenic paddling on the Weir River on the east side of World’s End.

Though very much an urban paddle, filled with views of the Boston skyline and the lingering noise of highways, the trip is lovely in places and historically interesting. It also is a good introduction to island camping. Nearby Bumpkin Island offers waterfront sites at an excellent price (free), just 2.3 miles from the put-in. Attractions: Harbor Islands for picnicking, camping, and exploring; World’s End Conservation Area, fishing.

©  Lisa Gollin Evans/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Hingham
Distance: 7.2
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Contacts: World's End Conservation Area
Local Maps: NOAA 13270, 13267
Driving Directions: Directions to Hingham Harbor and Bumpkin and Grape Islands

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