Town Forest Access
– An alternative access to the WRWS trails is the George Washington Town Forest. The forest trails connect with the walking trails but have no direct connection to the Main Street trailhead. The Town Forest Entrance is located east of 115 South Pleasant Street on the south side of the street. Parking at the South Pleasant Street entrance to the Town Forest is limited to 2 or 3 cars. To reach the Weir River Water System Ponds and Ridges walk routes, enter the Town Forest from the South Pleasant Street entrance. Follow the path to the first trail on the right and follow the trail into the woods. Turn right at the first trail crossing. This trail will lead uphill to a trail along the edge of a pond, which is described in the Ponds and Ridges walk route.
Walk – This 1.2 mile walk begins at the entrance to the George Washington Town Forest located east of 115 South Pleasant Street on the south side of the street. To reach the Weir River Water System (WRWS) Ponds, enter the Town Forest from the South Pleasant Street entrance. Follow the path to the first trail on the right and follow the trail into the woods. Turn right at the first trail crossing. This trail will lead uphill to a trail along the edge of a pond on the WRWS property.
The route continues downhill to the right along the edge of the pond. At the bottom of the hill there is a piped inlet into the pond. The water in the pipe is directed down-grade from Accord Brook in Wompatuck State Park
Continue straight on the trail past the inlet keeping the pond on the left. There is a dirt road on the right that goes to a gated entrance to Fulling Mill Station (the WRWS maintenance facility and a pumping station). The walk route continues left uphill with the pond on the left. Continuing downhill on the left is a channel directing water from the pond the route has passed toward another pond further downstream.
Continue on the trail along the new pond on the left, the trail splits. Take the left fork across an earthen dam, ridge-like structure between two ponds. At the split in the trails, water flows under the dam from the upper pond to the lower pond.
On the left is a narrow trail that rises up the ridge with the edge of the upper pond on the left. The route follows the trail along the base of the ledge with the pond on the right. Near the end of the pond the trail splits. To the left the trail heads up the steep ridge. Keep to the right as the trail continues along the bottom of the ridge into a wooded area. Continue right along the path as it heads downhill. When the route intersects a path, turn right and go over a hill to a four way intersection.
Turn right at the four way intersection. The trail drops slightly and comes to the edge of a pond on the right and a slope towards the road below. At this point water flows across the trail seasonally. At other times water emerges from the slope below the trail. At the bottom of the slope the water passes through a pipe under the road and flows towards Fulling Mill Pond.
The trail then rises to the left with the pond on the right. At the top of a low ridge there are scenic views of Fulling Mill Pond on the left. Often the road below is covered with water at this location. The trail continues, with the pond on the right, and meets a second trail at a T intersection with another pond beyond the trail. This is the intersection that the route previously passed through with an earthen dam on the right and a trail previously traveled along the edge of the pond on the left.
Turn left and follow the trail back to the entrance to the Town Forest on South Pleasant Street. The route back follows the pond on the right past the path to the Fulling Mill Station on the left, the inlet from Accord Brook on the right, uphill to the trail on the left into Town Forest with left turns onto a trail and road leading back to South Pleasant Street.