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Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

#30 of 79 in Nature in Massachusetts
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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 pleasant place for a walk solo or with others, 30-minute drive from Boston (depending on traffic.) We had a DCR Ranger lead our group hike, most enjoyable Sunday afternoon.  more »
  • It is a pleasant place to walk, ride a bike and don't forget to drink the well-water. It's very easy to find, and it's quiet. It's a good place to commune with nature.  more »
  • This is an average campground, but its proximity to Boston can't be beat! There are decent hiking trails and the bathroom and shower facilities are good.  more »
  • This is a tough one because the gentleman that checked us in was wonderful, and the park was nice. It was the office staff who handled reservations that lacked the skills to put the right phone number on their website. I was having an emergency and called 17 times. After the man at the park gave me the correct number, I finally made contact after the fact. The young man I spoke to said he would look into my situation, but never even wrote down my name. I had to ask him to. Nice park, but poorly managed and updated website.
  • Very nice place, sites are long and thin. Bathrooms were clean the place is well looked after. $5 a bundle of wood. Loads of sites. You need the key to the gate to get to boat ramp, you get that from the campsite office. 10 min drive to nearest shop if you forgot something.
  • I am new to camping and state parks. Restrooms we're clean. Sites were well marked and the map was easy to read. Staff very friendly and helpful. Sites are very close together. Great if you want to go with a group since sites are limited to 4 ppl per site. It's like you are actually all together. Can be awkward when you don't know the other ppl. Fire ring could have used some work. The stones were small and loose. I didn't get the sturdy feel I expect from a fire ring in a forest. We were here at the beginning of the season. If there were water sports or swimming options we didn't see them. The only open space to play was next to the restroom. People were friendly and my son had no trouble finding kids to play with.
  • We love Wompatuck. The trails are beautiful and well maintained. We trail run here, mountain bike, and hike. This is a gem.
  • About 12 miles of paved paths and many more miles of hiking trails. Great place to mtb.