The Town Forest, has 197.6 acres of rolling land, features open conifer groves, winding eskers and fern-carpeted swales (moist land depressions) not found elsewhere in Hingham. There are approximately 3 miles of pine-needle-covered cart paths and trails for walking. Many of the pines are red pines which were favored for lumber because they are faster growing than white pines. Unfortunately, red pine is also more susceptible to blight and the forest has been under attack and heavily damaged in recent years by red pine scale and the pine shoot beetle. In addition to walking the forest trails and paths have been used for dog walking, jogging and horseback riding. Visitors also enjoy bird watching.
Vehicles are not allowed in the forest. There is pedestrian access near: 115 South Pleasant, 94 Prospect, and 209 Charles Streets. There is also room for one or two parked cars along the shoulder of the road on South Pleasant Street.