After five days in a row of being out on my boat in the harbor, I thought it would be a good idea to stay on land for a day. Yesterday, I decided to head to Wompatuck State Park to do some biking on the vast network of trails through these gorgeous woods. The park lies largely in the town of Hingham, but also touches parts of Cohasset, Norwell and Scituate. In addition to being open to the public for recreation, Wompatuck State Park has an interesting history- It was used as an ammunition depot for the United States Navy during WWII. The depot was connected to what is now the Greenbush line for easy access to both the Fore River and Hingham Shipyards, which were major shipbuilding ports in WWII. We have written a few posts in the past about the WWII history of the South shore, which can be seen here.
One can see the vast infrastructure dating from the WWII era when walking through the Wompatuck State Park. Some areas of the park contain standing military structures are still closed off to the public. The park is full of the remains of old rail lines, which have been paved over and made into trails. Some of the old rail lines can be seen here:
A link to the official Massachusetts DCR website of Wompatuck State Park can be found here, while a link to the Friends of Wompatuck website can be found here. I would highly recommend a visit to the park if you are in the South Shore area.