We used to live closer to this hidden gem of a park called “Bare Cove”. It was always and still is a great place to get away from the bustle while letting your dog run off-leash with others, go for a swim or romp in the snow. This 469 acre park has paved trails which meander along the Weymouth Back River, surrounded by woods and fields. This might be our favorite get away for dog lovers just South of Boston in Hingham.
What Dog Owners Should Expect At Bare Cove
Bare Cove attracts plenty of other people looking for a place to let their dog get some exercise. Most people walk along the paths while their dogs play and socialize. There is plenty of opportunity for your dog to socialize as groups are moving in both directions traveling up and down the pathways. I have always been impressed with the people and dogs I have met at Bare Cove. This is a beautiful park with great dog people and there well trained canine companions.
Here is a printable map of the park, there is a dock house where people seem to congregate a bit as dogs swim and play in the field in that area. The whole park is beautiful and your dog will surley find other places to swim as well. Make sure you take the time to explore as the views across the river and cove are gorgeous. In other areas the paths disappear under the canopy of the trees.
Route 3A is a fast moving road which we avoid when walking and entering the park. We prefer the entrance on Street, you will park in front of the Model Rail Road Museum, don’t ask me, it’s just there. But the area is quiet and a great place to enter the park.
During the winter the park does a great job keeping the trail clear of snow. Fortunately I did not see salt on the trail. Our dog’s paws are better for that. I did slip around a bit, but was there during a snow storm on my last visit.
What To Bring For Your Dog
Bring poop bags, water and a towel. I have not seen the bag station common in Boston but there are plenty of garbage cans along the pathways. Bring water unless your dog prefers drinking from the river which might give you mixed results later. I highly recommend bringing a towel and something for your dog to lay on once back in the car. There are plenty of opportunities for your dog to play in the water with others.
Off Leash Rules at Bare Cove
The rules for dogs are pretty simple. Your dog must be in control at all times, either by leash or voice commends. In fact at the Town of Hingham website they have these rules more clearly defined. To be honest, I think these are the best written rules for dog owners I have seen yet as they apply at any place your dog is off leash.
I also noticed at the Bare Cove website the mention of Coyote, I have yet to see or hear of this while visiting but thought I would mention as it is on the site.
Driving and MBTA Directions to Bare Cove
From Boston you can be at Bare Cove in 30-40 minutes. I suggest getting off Route #3 at the Derby Street Shops and slipping down the back roads of Hingham. Hingham is a beautiful town. Afterwards, you should consider going downtown for coffee a bite to eat or check out some of the cool shops you will not find in a mall.
You can also get to Bare Cove from Boston easily without a car as the MBTA Commuter Rail has a stop across the street from the Bare Cove entrance. Take the Greenbush Line and get off at the West Hingham stop. You will walk across the street to Bare Cove. The Bare Cove entrance is about a long city block.