NORWELL – Norris Reservation


With three main trails totaling about 2.5 miles, this trail offers varied terrain, relatively high interest, and stunning scenic views.

How to get there


Norris Reservation

Dover Street

Norwell, MA 02061

Parking here is adequate, but the lot does fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Try to come during the week if you can. Otherwise, earlier or later in the day is probably best.


2.5 miles, with multiple options for shorter loops. We tend to follow the McMullan (blue) trail to the old boathouse, then join the River Loop Trail to the scenic overlook, then on the way back take the Gordon Pond loop before heading back to the car. If you have time, all three trails are worth it.


P.I.N.T. Score

Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)

P – Parking & Access – 4 (adequate, but fills up fast!)

I – Interest Level – 4 (varied terrain, scenic overlooks, wildlife spotting, old boathouse, etc.)

N – Navigation – 5 (trails well marked and well-worn)

T – Terrain – 4 (mostly flat, but rocks sticking up out of ground, a few steep ups/downs, some areas muddy.)


Regular strollers – NO

Jogging strollers – YES (for most parts of trails)

The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions on this trail.  It reflects our experience, perception, and physical health.  Therefore, the scores are not intended to be expert advice, nor will they be accurate for everyone: we cannot judge what may or may not be appropriate for each individual’s different abilities.  Consult a physician or medical expert before attempting any new physical activity. Hiking contains inherent hazards, so hike at your own risk.  You should always make your own decisions about what level of physical activity is appropriate for you and your family. Weather and other factors may affect trail conditions. Remember, trail conditions may change suddenly and drastically at any time.

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