Date Of Visit: March 30, 2019
Location: Bare Cove Drive, Hingham, MA
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: There are 2 parking lots. The larger parking lot located at Bare Cove Drive has room for about 100 cars. There is also a smaller parking lot off Beal St
Trail Size/Difficulty: 484 acres, easy
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, there are paved trails but the side trails may not be accessible to all
Dog Friendly: Yes (see website for rules for taking dogs to the park)
Highlights: wildlife, birds, nature, lake, easy trails, cycling, running, scenic, museum
Website: Bare Cove Park
Map of Park: Bare Cove Park Map
Once the site of a ammunition depot, Bare Cove Park is now a 484 acre park full of wildlife, scenic views and trails for running, cycling or just walking.
There is a variety of birds and other wildlife at the park. Foxes, coyotes and even deer have been reportedly seen at the park. So, do keep this in mind if you do bring your dog. I didn’t see any aforementioned animals at the park. But, I did see a diverse group of birds there.
Granted, I did have to go off the beaten paths to view some of these birds, particularly the hawks and kestrel. But, you should see lots of cardinals, blue jays, sparrows and other smaller birds in your travels, even on the main trails.
The main trails are paved and wise in most parts. So there is lots of room for cyclists, runners and people walking with their dogs.
One of the many great things about Bare Cove is that it is beautiful all year. You might think that it wouldn’t be very pretty during the early spring time. You’d be wrong! But, seriously, the natural colors and the trees are majestic. Even the multi colored ones. Alt If you are looking to see plants and flowers and other colorful views I do recommend visiting in the mid to late spring, summer or, of course, fall.
One of the hidden historical aspects of the park is its military past. The area was used to produce and distribute munitions and other military devices. Until 1971, military goods were produced here.
In an effort to commemorate the service of the people who worked at these depots, there is a small museum with exhibits, photos, military tools and other gadgets that were made at the depot.
There is also a viewing area to watch videos and DVDs about the history of the depot and how Weymouth and Hingham, MA contributed to the war effort.
There are two monuments outside of the museum.
One of the monuments is dedicated to all of the workers who helped the war efforts.
The next memorial is dedicated to the workers who lost their lives when a ship they were unloading, the USS FY 415, exploded and sank on May 11, 1944, when signal rockets caught fire.
Another interesting part of the area near the museum is that the posts which the bots tied onto when they originally unloaded their munitions at the depot are located in front of the museum.
There is also a fire museum nearby. During my visit, a fire truck from the museum was on display at the park.
But, the hidden history doesn’t end there. A sign posted on Bare Cove Path indicates that an Almshouse (called “Town Farm”) used to be there.
In short, almshouses were a place for the indigent or those who could not care for themselves. To find out more about Almshouse, you can refer to my previous blog post about Almshouses.
With its winding trails and access to water, Bare Cove Park is a great place to take your dog.
Kevin, a 2 year old Boston Terrier, posed for me during his walk around the park.
Cooper, a 9 year old Golden Retriever, played fetch in the water during his visit.