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Mountain Biking & MTB Trails: Wompatuck State Park

"Sick Minds in Wompy". Photo by Chris Kochanski.

Wompatuck State Park

Trail Rating:
Easy: 30%      |      Moderate: 50%     |     Difficult: 20%

197 Union St., Hingham Massachusetts 02043
Interactive Mobile Phone Map:

To use the map, click the drop down menu in the upper right corner of the map:

  • Click  "show my position" to see where you are in the park in real time.

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  • Click to "routes" to follow  pre-planned routes.

Trailforks Maps & GPS: > Wompatuck State Park
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Wompatuck State Park, or `Wompy' as most locals refer to it, offers an extremely varied riding experience to area mountain bikers. Rich in history, this land was originally the property of Indian chief Josiah Wompatuck who deeded the land to English settlers in 1665. During WWII and the Korean War it served as an ammunition depot for the U.S. military. Today it is a 3,526 acre park that extends from Hingham into the neighboring towns of Cohasset, Scituate, and Norwell.

`Wompy' contains the greatest number and variety of singletracks in the close-to-Boston-south area. Some of the singletracks, especially the newer ones, are fast and swoopy. While some of the others remind one of long distance trials sections. The latter are constantly busy as you never seem to go in a straight line for more than 50 feet or so, and never seem to stop hopping logs, dodging trees or riding over rocks.

Prospect Hill is the largest hill in the forest. It has 5 routes to the top, four of which are singletracks. And one of these has the longest section of switchbacked singletrack in the state.

Wompy has a large campground with 450 sites. There's a 10 mile paved bicycle trail that is also a favorite of area roller bladers. And many miles of additional, flat, automobile free paved roads that attract families with young children. The water from Mt Blue Spring is unsurpassed on the South Shore, and best of all, it's free.

Wompatuck State Park abuts Cohasset's Whitney Thayer Woods, a Trustees of Reservations property that allows mountain biking on a network of well maintained gravel paths. One of Wompy's trails leads right into Whitney Thayer, and covering both areas on the same day would make for a very lengthy ride.

Wompy's trails can be wet in early spring. (For a better riding experience, you're better off heading further south during mud season, like for instance to Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth/Carver Mass.)

In the winter cross country skiers and snowmobilers abound at Wompatuck. Snowmobiles have free reign in the left portion of the forest while most skiers stay on the right.

No matter what the season, Wompy's trails are used by a lot of different kinds of trail users. So expect to meet a lot of non-bikers out on the trails.


Landmine MTB Classic:

Wompatuck has has been the location for The Landmine MTB Classic since 1999.  Always held the 1st Sunday after Labor Day, the race is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of Wompatuck.