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Bike - or hike - at Whitney & Thayer Woods

What to Bring

Hiking shoes
(both for hiking and
biking)
  Fleece (fall and
winter)
Helmet   Gloves
Repair kit   First-aid kit
Camera   Water
Snacks    
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take 93 south to Route 3
south
From Route 3, take exit 14 and follow Route 228 north for 6.5 mi through Hingham. Turn right onto Route 3A east and follow for 2 mi. to entrance and parking area on right
opposite Sohier Street.
  Good to know in advance
 
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset

No restrooms

Trail map available at the parking lot or
online at: www.thetrustees/
For more information: Trustees of
Reservations, Route 3A, Cohasset and
Hingham, MA; 781-740-7233; email:
seregion@ttor.org
  Etiquette
 
While biking, always wear a helmet
(mandatory under 12) and make safety your priority
Dogs must be under voice control or kept on a leash at all times
Bring back your trash
Respect all postings
 
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Bike - or hike - at Whitney & Thayer Woods
 
 

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 45 minutes
  Duration: A few hours
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Biking

 
 
 
 
When winter comes, it is not always easy to decide whether to go for a hike or a ride in the woods. Whitney & Thayer Woods allow you to do both, in a secluded area less than an hour from Boston.

The area offers good trails for both cross-country biking and hiking, with short, moderate climbs in a mostly wooded environment. Whitney & Thayer Woods offer the extra benefit of having a particular highlight and objective for your ride or hike: Turkey Hill, a separate property that you can seamlessly access during your ride or hike. Its 187-foot summit affords spectacular views of Cohasset Harbor and the South Shore. An old building is all that remains of an anti-missile radar control station sited here during the Cold War to thwart potential nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.

Though quite large at more than 800 acres, the property is easily navigated thanks to trail intersection markers. The trail network offers many combinations of various lengths, but the best option is to follow the marker numbers to complete a loop across the entire property. Maps are generally available at the parking lot, but it is a good idea to download the map ahead of time to hit the trails more easily once there.

Depending on your pace, you can ride the loop in about an hour, or hike it in 2 to 3 hours.

Here are the detailed directions for the main loop:
From the parking lot, take the main trail until marker #1
Continue straight to reach #2; turn right at the intersection
At marker #3, turn left on the narrower trail
At marker #4, turn right for a short distance until marker #5; turn right again to go back to the main trail at marker #6
At marker #6, turn left and stay on the main trail until marker #8
At #8, turn left, then right at #9 and straight to #11
At marker #11, turn right, then left again at #12
At marker #13, continue straight across the main trail to reach marker #14
When back on the main trail near marker #15, turn left to reach Turkey Hill
From the Hill, walk a few yards on the access road and turn left towards marker #16 and straight to #17
At marker #17, turn left, then right at marker #18
From #18, follow the main trail back to marker #2, then #1 ahead, then back to your car.
This area offers many other riding opportunities. Riding along the South Shore will allow you to hit the quiet roads around Cohasset and Hingham for a day-long ride, especially enjoyable in the spring and summer.
Whitney & Thayer Woods is one of 95 properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations.