Fall Scenery at George Washington Forest- Hingham, MA

George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

We love to get outdoors and explore, but what we really love is uncovering hidden, off-the-beaten-path places that are not number 1 searches on google.  For us, hiking is a way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by escaping into nature.  Luckily there is so much to discover on Massachusetts' South Shore, we can avoid driving for hours in a car to enjoy the great outdoors!

Harding-Lane Hats
Wearing a Harding-Lane Hat
On Saturday, we stumbled upon George Washington Forest in Hingham, MA.  Unlike the more popular parks on the South Shore like Wompatuck or World's End, you won't see crowds of hikers walking these trails.  Instead the paths are nestled in the woods amongst residential homes, making it a less visited location from those others than locals in the area.

George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

We entered the George Washington Forest trailhead from the Saw Mill Pond Road entrance.  The land is 107 acres wide with crisscrossing paths.  Since the trails are not very extensive, it is easy to navigate without getting lost.

George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

There are small hills and slopes on the terrain, making the large Red and White Pine trees appear to look even taller.  George Washington Forest is a beautiful location to take in the beauty of the Fall colors decking the trees and dusting the ground.  It also turned out to be a great place for mushroom foraging.  Matt came across a Hen of the Wood mushroom at the base of an oak tree in the forest.  'Hens' tend to be less common among the eatable mushrooms, and therefore are more pricey (and tastier) when you do happen to come across them in food marts or farmer's markets.  So this find certainly turned out to be an awesome highlight to our Saturday adventure!  If you are looking for a remote and peaceful trail walk this Autumn, check out George Washington Forest- it is the perfect, quick escape!

Hen of the Wood- Hingham MA
Hen of the Wood Mushroom
George Washington Forest- Hingham MA

Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      


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