Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

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Wompatuck State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of about in size located primarily in the town of Hingham with portions in the neighboring towns of Cohasset, Norwell, and Scituate, Massachusetts, in the United States. In addition to a large campground and an extensive trail system, the park is noted for the free spring water that can be obtained at Mt. Blue Spring, which has been in operation since the mid-19th century. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and protects forests of the northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.HistoryThe land was originally the property of Indian chief Josiah Wompatuck, who deeded the land to English Settlers in 1655. The park is built on the former Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Annex (known by natives as the "Cohasset Annex"), which was in use from 1941 until 1965. It contains over 100 decommissioned military bunkers, many of which have been backfilled, but some of which remain exposed, including one which housed parts of the Navy's first nuclear depth charge in the 1950s. Several old military buildings can be found on park property as well as an extensive network of abandoned railroad. Most buildings have had their roofs and windows removed and are open to the elements.
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  • Very nice park if you want to go for a walk or ride a bike. Lots of trails, really nice views by the water. Parking lot available in different points. Ideal for family and friends.  more »
  • Miles and miles of paved and unpacked trials along with some cool concrete relics of its past as a Naval ammunitions facility, Wampatuck makes for a great day of walking in the woods.  more »
  • Lots of great trails - some paved, but most are dirt/natural. Dirt bikers of all ages share the natural trails with hikers and a lot of jumps have been created by visitors over the years. Trail maps a...  more »
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  • Awesome collection of trails. Well marked and mapped with beautiful scenery. There only qualm is all the folks that can't seem to pick up after their canine "family members." But it's not as bad as some other parks in the area. Bring a bike or just go for a walk/hike. Also, visit the museum. Super nice park.
  • Good place to walk with kids and pets. Does not offer much in the way of hiking. No blockbuster sites or places of major interest. A few vestiges of the old military base, but most have been destroyed for safety reasons.
  • Love this campground. I have been 6 times. Reasonable rates. FYI its OK to take/scavenge for downed trees/firewood here as it cleans up the campground. Sites are cozy and clean upon arrival. I'm sure you will enjoy your stay. I will be going back to Wompatuck until I can camp no more.
  • Good place to get lost...be careful! Very nice trails. Beautiful getaway.
  • Great place for a medium hike or just a walk in the woods. Good place to bring your dog

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