The Walking Trails Of Duxbury
Part 3 of 4
Myles Standish Monument State Reservation
Myles Standish Monument is located 200 feet above sea level, on Captain’s Hill. Take exit 10 off Rte. 3 to Rte. 3A North, then turn right at the second intersection to S. Duxbury Center. Continue straight along Standish St. to Crescent St., follow signs to Myles Standish Monument.
Construction of the 130 foot monument was completed in 1898. When the monument is open to the public, the views from atop are breathtaking. The walk leading up to the tower is a bit strenuous as it is, but if you are feeling up to it, the 125-step climb to the top gives you views of 19th-century lighthouses, Duxbury Beach, Plymouth Harbor, and the Blue Hills.
Trail Loop: about 1.5 miles
Season: The monument is open June-August. Although the gate is closed when the monument is not open to the public, some parking is still available, and the trail is accessible.
Skill Level: Easy to moderate, due to the climb of the hill.
Small rodents and mammals, common birds.
Myles Standish Monument
The wide path leading up to the monument is paved, and many joggers can be seen en-route. Once at the top, a trail loops around and back to the bottom. The best feature is the view from the top of the tower; if the tower is closed the view from atop the hill is also beautiful. Since there is only one path and one trail, a trail map is not needed.
Captain David Cushman, Jr. Preserve
To get to the preserve, take Rt. 3 to Exit 11, and turn right onto Rt. 14E going towards Duxbury. At the fork, bear right to stay on Rt. 14.
Anchorage Lane will be on your right, after passing by Duxbury High School. Turn right onto Anchorage Lane, and follow the gravel road that bears towards the right to a small parking area marked by preserve signs.
Captain Cushman originally purchased the preserve lands from members of the Alden family, and he built his home on the property in 1846. His granddaughter donated the property, including the home, to the Wildlands Trust, and the preserve is home today to a small but beautiful walking area consisting of 27.5 acres.
Trail loop: 0.25-0.5 miles
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year round
Tree swallows, barn swallows, hawks, sparrows, bluebirds, and meadowlarks. Along the nearby marsh and the Blue Fish River, green-backed herons, ducks, egrets, and a variety of shorebirds can be seen.
A quick loop with a relatively narrow, but well-maintained path. Despite being adjacent to the schools and a main road of Duxbury, the area is quiet and feels secluded. A great loop for runners who want to do multiple rounds, or for a quick walk with the dog or kids. The gravel road leading to the preserve is two-way but extremely narrow, so drive cautiously.
South River Bog Trail
This trail is really easy to miss, so keep your eyes open. From Rt. 3, take exit 12 and follow Rt. 139 going east through Marshfield until you get to the intersection with Cross Street, where you will turn right, followed by a right onto Old Ocean Street. Go straight through the fork to merge onto Mt. Skirgo Street, which turns into North Street once you cross over the Duxbury town line. The entrance to the trail is directly to the right of a private residence, on the left-hand side. There is parking for one car at the entrance.
Formerly known as Feinberg Bogs, this property used to belong to Abraham Feinberg, a one-time Justice of the Plymouth District Court. The Town of Duxbury purchased this property in 1971.
Trail loop: 0.75-1 miles
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year round, but best to avoid after periods of heavy rainfall
Herring, osprey, and beavers have been known to be active along the third of a mile of the South River that runs through the area.
This 100-acre area features about a mile of relatively untouched trails. Perhaps because of the obscured trail head, this seems to be a spot many walkers pass by. The width of the trails vary, starting wide but getting narrow at points, and water run-off has eaten away at parts of the path throughout the property