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Summer Exploring in Plymouth County!

Summer is here, and it’s a perfect time to explore Plymouth County. Of course, we are known for our beautiful coastline and beaches, but did you know there are hiking, biking and nature trails all throughout Plymouth?

One of the crown jewels of Plymouth is Myles Standish State Forest.  This unique pine forest contains  fifteen miles (24 km) of paved bicycle trails, thirty-five miles (56 km) of horse trails, and thirteen miles (21 km) of hiking trails. This is also a very popular spot for campers, and those who for like to swim there are a variety of ponds that are perfect for families!  You can get a detailed trail map right here and start to plan your outing today!

The Wildlands Trust is offering a summer trail challenge to visit all 21 of the preserves!  Trail maps and descriptions of all the locations can be seen on their web page,  as well as rules on how you can complete the challenge and get some Wildlands Trust gear!  For those that like to exercise and chill out, there are yoga sessions on various weeknights and weekends, just check the schedule on the Events page and join us for summer yoga on the lawn.

The North River Sanctuary, run by Mass Audubon has some of the most highly rated summer camp programs around. With over 225 acres, no two days are alike! Running through July and August, the camp engages youngsters from 4-14 with a variety of hikes, arts and crafts, and exploring nature!  For adults, there are programs 3 times per week at Duxbury Beach with subjects like salt marsh ecology, barrier beaches, migrating and nesting shorebirds, lighthouses, seaweeds, the science of flight, horseshoe crabs, and everything in between.  For more information, visit their website and enjoy one of these free programs!

North River is proud to offer free admission to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program.

A visit to Nelson Park offers stunning views of “Bug Light” and Plymouth Harbor, but it also contains a great walking and biking trail, stretching for 2 miles. There is a playground and splash pad for kids, but one the best features is the prominent osprey nest that is the backdrop to the park. As the summer progresses, the pair teaches them to fly, catch food and get ready for their fall journey back to South America. On Fridays during the summer, you can find some of the Beach Ambassadors with scopes trained on the nest, making for up close viewing and quite a lesson in nature!


Hungry after  your hike? Be sure to visit the Plymouth Farmers Market on Thursdays from 2:30-6:30. Located on the grounds of Plimoth Plantation, the market offers plentiful fresh, local produce, baked goods, fresh eggs, and some of the best cheeses you will ever taste. There are always multiple food trucks on site serving barbecue, pizza, fresh smoothies and raw bar items!  Kid and pet friendly, you will want to come by and stock up on all the yummy food while listening to our weekly entertainer serenade the crowd.

Be sure and take time and Explore Natural Plymouth this summer!