World’s End (Trustees of Reservations); Hingham, MA

Last Visited:  Sunday; May 6, 2012

World’s End is a Trustees of Reservations property of just over 250 acres on the water in Hingham, MA with views of the city across the harbor from only 15 miles away.  It was originally used as a farm and then a Boston businessman attempted to turn the land area into a subdivision and had Frederick Law Olmstead lay out the original roads before being considered as headquarters for the United Nations and as a site for a nuclear power plant.  Today is a beautiful park maintained by the Trustees of Reservations with amazing views of the Boston skyline to the north and Nantasket Beach in Hull to the east.

What to do here:

  • Hiking:  World’s End is criss-crossed by paths and has several miles of lovely trails with panoramic views at nearly every turn.

    View of Boston Skyline from atop Planters Hill at World's End Reservation in Hingham, MA

    View of Boston Skyline from atop Planters Hill at World's End Reservation in Hingham, MA

  • Bird-Watching:  There is a bird watching blind under construction overlooking the salt marsh and World’s End is a great spot to see many different species of birds.
Bird Watching blind under construction at World's End Reservation in Hingham, MA

Bird Watching blind under construction at World's End Reservation in Hingham, MA

  • Saltwater Fishing: Fishing is permitted with the appropriate permits.
  • Horseback Riding: Allowed with an annual permit.
  • Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing: With enough snow this area has plenty of places to cross-country ski and snowshoe.
  • Picnicking: This park has several benches, meadows, picnic tables and other spots that would make great places to enjoy a packed-in meal with a lovely view for your backdrop.
  • Bicycling:  Most of the trails in this park are wide enough that there is ample space to both bike and hike.  The paths are also kept reasonably well graded and there are several trails that make great loops around various parts of the park.
    Typical path at World's End in Hingham, MA

    Typical path at World's End in Hingham, MA

    • Dog Friendly:  This is a dog friendly park and, as long as you clean up after your pet and keep them leashed, you shouldn’t have any issues taking your dog here as I saw many there.
    • Canoeing & Kayaking: The relatively sheltered waters around this park and the great views make this a wonderful place to take a canoe or kayak out.

     

Favorite Activities:  The view throughout this reservation is amazing and walking through while soaking that view in is my preferred activity here.  There is just enough elevation change to make walking through this place a decent workout.  Biking here is also enjoyable provided you aren’t there when the park is very crowded.

Hull and Nantasket Beach viewed from World's End Reservation.

Hull and Nantasket Beach viewed from World's End Reservation.

How to get here:  World’s End is located of Martin’s Lane in Hingham which can be accessed by Route 3A.  From Route 3 take exit 14 for Route 228 and take a left on Route 3A then take a right on Summer St.  Summer St. turns into Martin’s Lane, the park is at the end of Martin’s Lane.  For those of you using a GPS device please and address on Martin’s Lane in Hingham, MA and just go to the end of Martin’s Lane.

View from 'The Bar' at World's End Reservation

View from 'The Bar' at World's End Reservation

Facilities, Fees and Other Information:  There is an admission fee of $5 for all non-member adults.  There is parking however the lot can get crowded and parking could be limited on a really busy day.  Parking is not permitted on the street that you drive to the park on (Martin’s Lane).  There are restrooms and a water fountain, there is no food for sale so pack in anything you want to eat.