Four Ponds Conservation Area - Town Forest Tour Trail

Bourne, Massachusetts

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Named for the four bodies of water within its boundaries—Shop Pond, Freeman Pond, Upper Pond, and The Basin—this conservation area borders the Bourne Town Forest. The two areas combined provide a 280-acre wooded wonderland, perfect for exploring on foot, that is almost within earshot of busy Route 28. A variety of multiuse dirt roads and trails crisscross the mostly rolling terrain, which hosts a botanically rich array of trees and shrubs.
Walking the Cape and Islands

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Walking the Cape and Islands

by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)

Named for the four bodies of water within its boundaries—Shop Pond, Freeman Pond, Upper Pond, and The Basin—this conservation area borders the Bourne Town Forest.

The two areas combined provide a 280-acre wooded wonderland, perfect for exploring on foot, that is almost within earshot of busy Route 28. A variety of multiuse dirt roads and trails crisscross the mostly rolling terrain, which hosts a botanically rich array of trees and shrubs.

©  David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bourne
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Four Ponds Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS Pocasset
Driving Directions: Directions to Four Ponds Conservation Area - Town Forest Tour Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/6/2009
1

I used to hike these trails as a kid all the time and they were my favorites, mostly because I liked to poke around the ponds and look for frogs and hop up and down on the wiggly concrete bridge between two of the ponds. Now that I am taking my own kids there I like if for many of the same reasons. It's an easy hike, which you can easily scale to the age and energy of the kid or kids you are taking hiking. When hiking it alone or with my daughter in a pack on my back I like it because the footing is all pretty good as long as you watch where you are going and it is a nice quick hike that you can fit into a busy day. I agree with the previous reviewer, 90 minutes is about right unless you are really poking along a super lazy pace or stop for a long time to sit around by the ponds. Watch out for very muddy areas in early spring though!


11/24/2008
2

Have hiked this trail four times now, and it remains one of my favorites. The town has done a nice job of remarking the trail (Pine Tree) with round arrow signs, and have removed all but two of the ambiguities, which used to abound. The terrain is glacial, with moderate hills and valleys, but nothing very strenuous. In the Fall, there are a number of hidden stumps to catch the unwary foot, so you have to keep an eye at your feet. The whole trail took me about 90 minutes to walk at a brisk pace. The guide allows 2-3 hours, and that would be an amble indeed. The surround is oak-pine forest, often carpeted with pine needles, and very comfortable walking. The parking lot is small, holding around 10 cars, but I've never seen it full.



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