This 12-acre refuge provides 1,100 feet of forested frontage on busy Cushing Street and includes wooded trails, wetlands, an inlet and some rocky outcrops. Eel River originates on the hills of Liberty Pole and flows north on the western border of Eel River Woods into Plymouth River and Cushing Pond. The waters of Cushing Pond flow down Crooked Meadow River and merge with Foundry Pond Brook to form the Weir River, which flows into Hingham Bay. Eel River has been identified as a cold water fishery resource by the MA Department of Fisheries and Game which identified the presence of brook trout in the stream. Coldwater streams are areas or reaches of streams and small rivers with water cold enough throughout the year to support coldwater fish such as brook trout. Brook trout, Atlantic salmon, and the non-native brown and rainbow trout thrive in cold water. Other species that inhabit these streams include slimy sculpin, blacknosed and longnose dace, and white suckers.
The land was a gift from Mary Niles to the Hingham Land Conservation Trust in 1985. (Previously, Mrs. Niles and Stephen Baker had given the town approximately 4 additional acres on the edge of Cushing Pond.) White pines make up much of the woods making for comfortable walking on pine needle covered trails. There are also some beech trees along the way.