For a relatively small town, Hingham has some great hiking opportunities. Here's my top three:


1. World's End: This is a good size wetlands/seaside preserve set aside by the Trustees of the Reservation. World's End features wide, gravel-paved walkways that run out to the end of the point and offer great views of Nantasket Beach on one side and Hingham Harbor on the other. A fast walk can do the whole circuit in a couple of hours or less, but the park also affords a huge number of side trails that sane through the woods and along the shoreline offering greater challenges for those who are up to some exploring.


World's end is great for bird watching (I've seen several hawks/falcons, countless egrets and herons, as well as the occasional kingfisher), and with the occasional wide expanse of mowed grass, a great spot for a picnic. The variety pf paths mean you can bring kids or folks who don’t feel up to too much walking (at least a mile is required). Oh yes, there’s a charge to get in- $4.00 I think- which goes towards the preservation of the preserve, but damn .


2. Bare Cove Park: This is another waterside park. Actually an old WWII ammunition depot, Bare Cove Park is a maze of deteriorating asphalt roads and walkways crisscrossed with newer and moderately well maintained footpaths. It’s a big, big area, suitable for biking, trail riding, and just walking, although being a shaded area on the water the mosquitoes can be brutal. This is another great spot for bird watching.


The cove also offers a wide variety of hiking terrains—everything from well paved to ‘I-don’t-think-this-is-a-trail-anymore’ bushwhacking. There are some great views of the sound, but it’s a bit rougher going than World’s End and it is entirely possible to get lost in here – not a ‘fire a signal flare' kind of lost, but the ‘emerge from the park two miles from your car’ kind of lost, which is less fun than you might imagine.


3. Wompatuck State Park: This is the big dog of your Hingham hiking opportunities. This the place were you can camp overnight, ride your bike along dozens of miles on paved and unpaved trails, go fishing, fill your canteen at a free fresh-water spring, and get god-awful ‘did we pack a flashlight for our afternoon walk?’ lost if that’s your sort of thing. Being a woodsy region with lost of small ponds and one reservoir, the mosquitoes will destroy any who come unprepared.


I’ve seen deer, foxes and coyotes while riding/hiking Wompatuck, and I’ve also gone a few hours without seeing another person, which is a good sign in a park. It’s not a scenic-vista kind of park, but it’s lots and lots of woods and trails and quiet, which is something all you need. Here’s the official link, that’s says it all better than me:


Wear comfortable shoes.