World's End, Hingham
World's End is a 251 acre Trustees of Reservations property located on two islands and a peninsula that jut into the southern end of Boston Harbor. It is unique in that while it consists of islands, they are easily accessible from land. The trails consist of around 5 miles of old woods roads and dirt roads, all of which are open to bikes. Bikes are not allowed on the few, short singletracks. The trails meander through stands of trees as they traverse four drumlins. They are gentle, rolling and a little hilly. A great place to go for a relaxed ride. Or, it could be the perfect place to introduce kids or new riders to mountain biking. On a hot, humid summer's day World's End is normally refreshingly cool.
World's End is noted for its scenic beauty. Jutting as it does into Boston Harbor it abounds in breathtaking views of the southern end of the harbor. Two windmills, used to generate electricity for the town of Hull are visible from the hilltops, and are quite stunning. A walk on the shore will yield numerous varieties of seashells and you should see some Horseshoe Crabs in the water. World's end would be ideal for a family picnic, especially if you bring bikes. Ive kayacked from the parking lot many times and the views of Hingham and Boston Harbor are spectacular.
No advanced skills are required to ride here, and all family members should enjoy themselves. I enjoy riding at World's End as it's the only place that I know of where I can be on my mountain bike, enjoying trails, while at the same time be surrounded by salt water.
From the north or south: Take Route 3 to exit 14 and head North towards Hingham for about 7 miles. Turn left on route 3A and follow it for about .5 miles. Turn right onto Summer Street. Go straight across a main intersection with Rockland Street. The road will become Martin's Lane. Follow it for 0.7 mile until it dead ends at the entrance and parking area. World's End is open from 8:00 am to sunset every day.
Adults are charged a $4.50 day use fee, although TTOR members and kids get in for free. You'll probably see lots of pedestrians, kids and dogs. Also, yield to equestrians if you see any.
Submitted by Bill Boles