The Walking Trails Of Duxbury
Part 4 of 4
Coming from Rt. 3, go off the highway on exit 11, following Rt. 14 East. Keep following that road, through the roundabout, and bear left to merge onto Church Street where Rt. 14 bears to the right. Take the next left onto Temple Street. After almost 2 miles, the small parking area on the right side of the road for Whiton Woods will appear next to the trailhead.
Trail Loop: 1 mile
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year Round
Egrets, hawks, and osprey have been seen in Whiton Woods and the adjacent bogs and ponds.
The 32-acre property has one official trail that clocks in at slightly over a mile, though several other paths through it exist. These pass through private property, so it’s best to stay on the marked path. At the start of the trail, there is a nice shaded area next to the water with benches that is a great place to sit and enjoy the view. The trail has more roots and uneven terrain than others in the area, and it can be hard to see these obstacles under the cover of leaves and other debris, so running here or walking an overly-active dog on a leash might not be the best idea.
We could not locate a trail map for Whiton Woods, but for a link to Duxbury’s town info on the local conservation areas, click here.
Crowell Conservation Area
Coming from Rt. 3, go off the highway on exit 11, following Rt. 14 East. Keep following that road, through the roundabout, and the turn off (with enough parking for 4-5 cars) will be shortly after on the right. The turn off point is not quite level with the main road, so exit slowly to avoid bumps.
To get to the Lincoln Street entrance (where the sign for the Conservation Area is located), take the first right at the roundabout. Parking is limited to about 2 cars here.
This property contains a former cranberry bog, an electrical station at the Lincoln Street entrance, and the cart paths used when the bog was in operation.
Trail Loop: ~1-2 miles
Season: Year round
Skill Level: Easy
Osprey, egrets, hawks, herons, and the occasional duck can be spotted here.
While there are numerous paths and trails you can take in the Crowell Conservation Area, they all can be completed relatively quickly, in about 20-50 minutes depending on your route and how much you stop to absorb the scenery. The paths on the main bog are flat, even, and don’t have many roots or fallen branches that lie in your way.
Though there is not a trail map, this link to the town page has a map of the entire town’s conservation areas. CLICK HERE
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