The Lansing Bennett Forest loop (roughly 2 miles long) is a fairly standard wooded trail. It’s well marked and a breeze to navigate, which makes it a great option for families with kids. From the parking area on Union Bridge Road, follow the yellow trail to the blue blazes. The blue trail is a loop, and we recommend going left, so that the most interesting part of the trail is at the end of the hike. Along the way, our kids got a kick out of climbing up and then running down the various hills along the trail. King Phillip’s Spring is pristine and extremely clear, and much of the second half of the hike follows the water as it winds through the woods. There are also some boardwalks and a very bouncy wooden bridge that the kids loved jumping on. Overall, this trail won’t knock your socks off, but it is a nice, easy adventure through the beautiful woods on the South Shore.
HOW TO GET THERE
Union Bridge Rd.
Duxbury, MA 02332
TRAIL DESCRIPTION & MAP
Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)
P – Parking & Access – 2 (Pull-off parking along the street for about 10 cars)
I – Interest Level – 3 (Standard wooded trail with a few fun spots.)
N – Navigation – 4 (Well marked with blazes and easy to follow. )
T – Terrain – 3 (Tree roots, narrow spots, and steep ups and downs. Doable with a rugged jogging stroller, but rough in a few spots–would be easier with help.)
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.
Points of Interest
- The hills to slide down
2. King Phillip’s Spring
3. The boardwalks and bridges
Farfar’s Danish ice cream is less than ten minutes away. This place is a local legend and well worth the trip!