just a 35-minute drive from downtown Boston, Wompatuck State Park offers
262 wooded campsites (140 of them with electricity), 12 miles of paved
bicycle trails, and many miles of wooded bridle paths and hiking trails.
The park is very popular with trailer campers. Fishing is allowed in the
Cohasset Reservoir. A boat ramp is provided for car-top boats, but boat
trailers are not allowed.
Wompatuck State Park offers an extremely varied riding experience to area
is bisected by Union Street. In the past most of the off-road bicycling
was done on the right side of Union Street where the majority of the park's
unbroken woodland exists. But, in the last few years, the park's staff,
aided by area mountain bikers, has been hard at work creating an entirely
new network of singletrack trails on the left side of the park in some
areas recently reacquired by the State.
"Wompy" as the locals refer to it, is a great place to ride.
It contains the greatest number and variety of singletracks in the south
of Boston area.
Some of the singletracks, especially the newer ones, are fast and swoopy
while some of the others remind one of long distance trials sections.
The latter are constantly busy as you never seem to go in a straight line
for more than 50 feet or so, and never seem to stop hopping logs, dodging
trees or riding over rocks.
Prospect Hill is the largest hill in the forest. It has 4 routes to the
top, three of which are singletracks. And one of these has the longest
section of switchbacked singletrack in the state.
Wompy has a large campground with 450 sites. There's a 10 mile paved bicycle
trail that is also a favorite of area rollerbladers. And many miles of
additional, flat, automobile-free paved roads that attract familes with
Every Monday night, in season, there is a mountain bike time trails. Two
Turkey Runs are also held in the forest each year.
Wompatuck is one of
the sites in the NEMBA/MERLIN Trail Maintenance Series. In addition to
building bridges and erosion control projects, like the state's, "longest
switchback trail," TMS volunteers are actively involved in creating
the extensive system of new singletrack.
Wompatuck State Park
abuts Cohasset's Whitney Thayer woods, a Trustees of Reservations property
that allows mountain biking on a network of well maintained gravel paths.
One of Wompy's trails leads right into Whitney Thayer, and covering both
areas on the same day would make for a very lengthy ride.
Wompy's trails can
be wet in early spring. (For a better riding experience, it's best to
head further south during mud season, for example, to the Myles Standish
State Forest in Plymouth/Carver Mass.)
No matter what the season, Wompy's trails are used by many diverse trail
users. So expect to meet a lot of non-bikers out on the trails.
Wompatuck State Park
was originally created to house a World War II munitions depot. Farm and
forest lands in the towns of Hingham and Cohasset were bought up by the
Government and the existing residents were displaced.
Maps are available at forest headquarters which is on your right about
1,000 yards in from the gate.
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State Park is located near Hingham on Boston's South Shore.
From the south and Cape Cod: Rte 3 North to Exit 14 and
the intersection with Rte. 228. Follow Rte. 228 North approximately 5
miles to Free Street on the right. Turn right onto Free Street one mile
to the park entrance on the right. The camping area is 1.5 miles into
the park on the right.
From the North: Follow Rte 3 South to exit 14 and the
intersection with Rte. 228. Follow Rte. 228 North approximately 5 miles
to the intersection with Free Street on the right. Turn right onto Free
St. and follow it one mile to the Park entrance on the right.