World's End Reservation

Hingham, Massachusetts 2044

World's End Reservation

World's End Reservation Professional Guide

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"Tremendous views, rolling fields along the ocean’s edge, and an impressive assortment of flora and fauna make for a beautiful walk."

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Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This Cape Cod National Seashore hike first stops by an Indian grave then explores a series of now-connected islands inhabited by early settlers. Walk the shore and bluffs of Wellfleet Harbor, visiting the site of an old whaler’s tavern from the early 1700s. Continue south on Great Island in once-settled woods. Drop to a marsh and then climb Great Beach Hill. Ahead, gaze out on Jeremy Point and the shoals of once-inhabited Billingsgate Island before turning north and beach walking along Cape Cod Bay." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Worlds End, a figure-eight–shaped peninsula dividing Hingham Harbor and the Weir River, is well known for its spectacular topography and landscaping. Families have enjoyed hiking its tree-lined gravel roads and admiring its dramatic glacial drumlins since the turn of the century. In the late 1800s, the property nearly became a planned community with more than 150 home sites, but instead was farmed and then turned into a private park. Three-quarters of a century later, it was again threatened by development. The public rallied and raised $450,000, enabling the Trustees of the Reservations to buy the 251acre parcel and make it available for public enjoyment. If you look across Boston Bay toward Hull at the clusters of homes vying for ocean views and beach frontage, you will appreciate the peaceful, natural setting of Worlds End." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"Explore a scenic peninsula, following a trail along the outer rim. The landscaping touches of Frederick Law Olmsted are still apparent, as are signs of the peninsula’s agricultural past. It’s a good thing the trail surface is primarily hard packed and fairly smooth throughout World’s End because your attention will be captivated by the scenery. Much of World’s End is accessible by wheelchair, but the Rocky Neck area is not. The Trustees of Reservations organizes occasional special events, such as evening owl watches. Horseback riding is allowed; the annual permit costs $100. Leashed dogs are welcome." Read more
"It’s easy to see why this area has been dubbed World’s End. Wide carriage roads wind high up through rolling meadows, providing ocean vistas and Boston skyline views. Fredrick Law Olmsted, designer of New York City’s Central Park, was commissioned to design a housing development here in the late 1800s, but resident opposition stopped the construction. Next up, this bucolic peninsula overlooking Boston Harbor in the distance was on the short list for serving as the United Nations headquarters site, but New York City beat it out. Finally when a nuclear power plant was proposed here in the late 1970s, concerned citizens rallied together to preserve this tract of land once and for all. Enjoy their foresight on this route." Read more

World's End Reservation Reviews

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8/1/2009
A nice hike for beginners with trail options, picnic facilities, groomed trails, good views of Boston. Our group included a 12 yr. old, a mom with a jogging stroller, and a 64 year old. We had no problems. It's a good introduction to hiking for families.
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8/17/2006
Sunny Mid August Afternoon. Pleasant beyond measure. Salt Marsh with wading birds at low tide, just after entrance. Views of Boston somewhat obscured by foliage during the summer season. Lots of poison Ivy off trails.
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8/17/2004
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Trail Information

Hingham
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Views
Features
USGS Hull
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