This is the cave the Wompanoag sachem Metacomet used as a hide out as he was running for his life at the end of King Philip’s War. While not necessarily a worthy destination in its own right, this is a great stop if you’re already nearby. It’s located on a “private way,” basically in someone’s back yard, and it’s only a few hundred yards from the street. There is a very short trail that leads to a residential street near the cave, but it’s not worth hiking. Just stick to the cave!
HOW TO GET THERE
6 Stone Run Dr.
Norton, MA 02766
Parking is available on the cul-de-sac, but it’s very tight.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION & MAP
There is no need for a map–you can see the rocks from the road. And, if you do follow the trail around the rock, it’s so short you can’t get lost!
Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)
P – Parking & Access – 1 (There is very limited parking on a very small and tight cul-de-sac.)
I – Interest Level – 2 (If you’re a history buff, this place is cool. Kids might like it for a quick stop/leg stretch, but there isn’t much here to hold their interest very long. However, the rock is a great example of puddingstone, and kids will have fun hiding in the “cave” which is really just a tunnel created by two large boulders.)
N – Navigation – 5 (You literally cannot miss the cave or the trail.)
T – Terrain – 4 (a very short walk to the rocks, but there are some obstacles, particularly if you want to walk around the rock and see it from all sides. You could make it to see the rock with a jogging stroller, although perhaps not all the way around it for a 360 degree view! )
The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions of 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.