South Shore Photographer’s Favorite Nature Spots to Explore

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James  (aka  lostnights_photography)  who is frequent  photo  contributor to 365 South Shore instagram page shared some of his nature spots (and photos)  to take walk, experience nature and even get started with a photography hobby.
As a local Photographer to the South Shore I have been meaning to write more about our area and share some really wonderful spots in the area that have helped inspire my photography and my love of the South Shore. My hopes are that it helps family’s create special memories no amount of money could buy. The places I will touch on in this list are ALL free to enter and open to the public. I hope this list will add a special memory your vacation time  I also hope it helps our youth to grow a love and appreciation  to these amazing places.
This list will be separated into 3 parts The first part will 1-2 hour hikes with a wonderful scenic views and very easy walking (if you stick to a single loop some will offer extra loops great for multilabel short visits) The second part will be great scenic picnic areas (not much to explore but well worth stopping for the view). The final part of the list will be great hiking trails but have roots and hills which may not be great for younger children or anybody looking for an easy walk.

Short Hikes Spots 

Bay Farm Trails: Do not let this bashful looking field fool you. This loop is about 1.7-mile loop trail in Duxbury, Massachusetts. It can be a bit muddy but it goes out to a breathtaking view of Duxbury bay. Well April may be a bit early for the wild flowers the fields get amazingly vibrant. Its a great walk with the pup and younger children. The Parking lot can be found on Loring st in Duxbury MA.
Bay Farm Duxbury Take a nature walk South Shore Boston local photography
 Bay Farm Duxbury
Hoyt-Hall Preserve: This is a great pond loop. Its just under 2 miles and it takes you winding around a pond. Well, it isn’t a hard walk there is a lot of uneven terran due to roots and hills. Its a pup friendly walk. Parking lot is located at on Carswell Street Marshfield MA
The Willow brook Farm Trail: This 2.6 mi loop takes you to a really amazing tower overlooking swampy wetlands. Well there is some cool wetlands along the hike this loop is truly about seeing and climbing the tower. The kids will love it and go home tired. This parking lot address is  99 Barker St, Pembroke, MA. The parking lot is easily missed because the sign isn’t great.

Great picnic spots (scenic views with tables and parking)

Harbor Park: This awesome little park has Picnic tables and an amazing view of Green Harbor. It is a prefect spot to watch a sunset well you eat. I do recommend checking tides as low tide can be very buggy. Parking is found on Joseph Driebeek Way, Green Harbor, MA across from the park.
Harbor Park Marshfield take a nature walk south shore boston photography
Harbor Park Marshfield
Old Scituate Light: Well this spot does not have any picnic tables there is public short term parking and its a nice spot to park and eat. Old Scituate Light is a unique light house and its a nice jetty walk. Its also a spectacular spot to catch a sunrise or sunset over Scituate Harbor. The parking lot is located at the end of Lighthouse Rd, Scituate, MA
Great hill Park: This is a really awesome spot to park and catch a sunset with a great Boston Sky line. There isn’t much here but a field and a view but its a quick easy spot to see a great view of Boston from the South Shore. The parking lot is located at Bradley Rd, North Weymouth, MA

Longer hikes or multilabel loops

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon): Well, this is a larger it offers many short loops, bird blinds and a swampy boardwalk loop.  Unfortunately, this is not a pup friendly park and this is strictly enforced. This is a must stop place for nature enthusiast of any kind and as a landscape and nature photographer, It is a spot that will always have as few portfolio worthy photographs at ANY time of day. The river loop can get a bit muddy but the rest of the trails are maintained very well. The parking lot can be found at the very end of Winslow Cemetery Rd in Marshfield, MA
 Luddam Ford Park This is an awesome spot I have yet to fully explore. It offers at least 2 miles of trails and some really awesome water features. Most of the trails I have explored are an easy walk and this is a great place to bring the pup Parking can be found at 243 Elm St, Hanover, MA  There is parking and trails on Both sides of the bridge.
 Luddam Ford Park take a nature walk south shore boston and beyond
 Luddam Ford Park Hanover
Quincy Quarries  This is a really awesome spot for older kids-teenagers. I do not recommend bringing young children, or at least checking out before you decide. It has amazing skyline views of Boston. One thing to note is there is graffiti every where you look, I personally love art in all of its forms. You will certainly  see some absolutely masterful work, you will certainly see offensive and tasteless stuff that should just be overlooked and ignored.
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