With its rugged, forested shore, this pond is one of the gems of Hingham parklands. There are hills on the north side of the pond in the Triphammer Conservation Land. There is a dam and lowlands on the west side where Accord Brook continues towards the Weir River. The dam was built on Accord Brook in the 17th Century for a sawmill, and resulted in the creation of Triphammer Pond. Many years later the historic mill structure was relocated as an addition to a house at the intersection of Lazelle and Free Streets. Accord Brook was also dammed at the upstream end of the pond to accommodate several additional mills. Triphammer Pond Conservation Land was acquired by the town in 1945. This conservation area consists of 97.8 acres. It is contiguous to and its trail system connects to the trail system at Wompatuck State Park. This Conservation Area abuts the Leavitt Street Conservation Land, a 16.3 open space parcel north of the pond. Triphammer Pond itself is approximately 19 acres and is co-owned by the Town and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation. Completing the preservation of the shores of Triphammer Pond was the 1995 acquisition by the state of the 23 acres of Triphammer Woods, which were once the residence of Francis J. and Elizabeth H. Thompson. Prior to 2010, the dam and the fish ladders were completely reconstructed. The pond, Triphammer Conservation Area and conservation land along the brook between the pond and Weir River make up a 97.8 acre site.
Triphammer Woods includes 14 acres of white pines, red maples, American beech, and other hardwoods, 8 acres of oak/hickory forest, and a small, wooded swamp. The forests also have some holly trees. The Triphammer Conservation Area has similar vegetation. The terrain in the Triphammer area is rocky in places, with a number of glacial erratic boulders and several rocky overlooks providing scenic sunsets, fall foliage and views of waterfowl.
The Triphammer Pond trails provide access to multiple recreational activities. These include hiking along narrow wooded trails, views of the pond, picnic areas, benches, wildlife viewing, fishing, boating (non-motorized) and pond skating. A reconstructed old mill dam, fish ladder, spillway, sluiceway, a stone well and remnants of other historic mill features are also found at this location. Deer hunting is allowed on this property between October 19 and November 28. A special permit by the Conservation Commission is required for this activity.
This is one of three routes that loop Triphammer Pond. This route approaches the pond from Popes Lane. Another route approaches the pond from the driving range on Union Street and circles Schultz Field on the way to the pond. A third route approaches the pond from the Union Street entrance of Wompatuck State Park.
Access to Triphammer Pond is best obtained off of Popes Lane. A long dirt road provides access to an undeveloped parking lot and a portage area. Additional foot access can be obtained from the Leavitt Street Conservation land or the Golf Driving Range between two house lots donated by a town resident after the loss of Triphammer Lane to the public. Access is also available from Wompatuck State Park and Triphammer Woods. The conservation area is open from dusk to dawn.