Whitney Thayer Woods
Whitney Thayer Woods & Turkey Hill
Route 3A Cohasset & Hingham
Whitney Thayer Woods is a Trustees of Reservations property located in the towns of Hngham and Cohasset. Whitney Thayer abuts the Wompatuck State Park and trails connect the two properties.
Whitney Thayer has about 10 miles of trails. The reservation's singletracks are now open to bikes after having been closed for some time.
Whitney Thayer is famous as it has a long series of mostly smooth woods roads. This makes it a great place to bring beginners as none of the trails are too difficult. The singletracks are for riders with some experience as many are narrow, rocky and hafe some technical features.
In the winter, if adequate snow cover exists Whitney Thayer is also a great place to go cross country skiing. A map of the property is available at the TTOR website. And sometimes there are maps at the signboard in the main parking lot on route 3A. Turkey Hill has a seperate parking area also located on route 3A.
Most of my rides at Whitney Thayer have done while riding in the Wompatuck State Park. I've found that the smooth rolling trails of Whitney Thayer offer a welcome break from Wompatuck's more difficult bony singletracks. Although now, that distinction is augemented by the Whitney's singletracks.
I have spent more than one pleasant afternoon doing nothing but re-exploring Whitney Thayer's pleasant trails. I never get tired of riding at Whitney Thayer. It's far enough 'away' from the hustle and bustle of everyday life that when I finish riding I am refreshed and invogorated. That may change however. The "T" now has a stop right acfross the street from the entrance to an unpaved bicycle trail leading from the commuter rail station in Hingham to Wompatuck State Park. Which means that you could take the T from Boston avoiding a drive.
From route 3 take exit 14 and follow route 228 north until it intersects with route 3A, (About 7 miles) Turn right on route 3A and look for a parking lot directly across from a Mobil station. (About 2 miles) This is about one mile after the parking area for Turkey Hill.
You can also park at Weir River Farm.
You may see a lot of pedestrians and lots of unleashed dogs. There is a sign in the main parking area that warns, "cars have been broken into in this parking lot." If this concerns you park across the street from the main entrance at the shopping plaza.
By Bill Boles