Nature is a key component at SouthField. In many ways it is at the core of everything that our master-planned community aspires to achieve. We respect nature and the natural environment, and 70 percent of the land is dedicated to recreation and open space. The Master Plan incorporates nature into an 18-hole golf course, a network of walking/biking trails, and a host of recreation options.
SouthField’s green space is just a small piece of the overall picture that the South Shore offers for lovers of fresh air, exercise and scenic beauty. There are numerous options within 30 minutes by car (it is only slightly longer by bike…) of SouthField’s doorstep to get outdoors and explore.
Wompatuck State Park, a 4,000-acre site in neighboring Hingham, is a popular camping destination. There are also miles of trails to explore and the entire park is bike-friendly.
The same can be said for Webb Memorial State Park in North Weymouth, adjacent to Hingham Harbor. Opened in 1980, this small peninsula forms part of the Boston Harbor Islands Recreation Area. One of the best places in the area to take a picnic, the views of the water are worth the short trip and the park sits right in the middle of all the natural beauty on the South shoreline.
The third state park can be found in Abington. Ames Nowell State Park covers 700-acres, is 15 minutes from SouthField and attracts mainly non-motorized boating and fishing enthusiasts. Recreational pursuits such as horseback-riding, mountain-biking and even cross-country skiing can all be enjoyed here, but the majority of visitors come to take advantage of the man-made Cleveland Pond.
If large bodies of water get your recreational juices flowing, then Weymouth Great Pond is only seven minutes from SouthField, while Pond Meadow Park is another natural amenity just 15 minutes away.
Pond Meadow Park covers 320-acres and calls itself a “passive recreation area” which means that activities such as bird-watching, walking and leisurely bike riding are preferred but in the winter, residents can strap on their snow-shoes and explore the several miles of hiking trails.
Twenty minutes away on the banks of the Back River, Great Esker Park is a gem worth investigating. Although perfect for walking, it is the great esker that gives it an edge. Formed 12,000 years ago, the esker – a long winding ridge of stratified sand and gravel – is the largest in North America (according to Wikipedia) and is another perfect contemplation spot. Adjacent to Bare Cove Park, the warmer months see the waters of the Back River filled with kayakers and motorized boaters (most of whom can be found with water-skiers attached) but this just adds to the feeling that this part of Weymouth/Hingham is perfectly suited for every recreational possibility.
And that is just the tip of the natural iceberg on the South Shore. There is the New England Wildlife Center, the Black Pond Nature Reserve, the World’s End Reservation, the proximity of the Blue Hills, the North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary…the list isn’t endless but there are times when it feels like this part of New England is overflowing with opportunities to commune with nature.
With so much open space at the doorstep, it is sometimes hard to believe that SouthField is only 15 miles from Boston. If you make your home here, you won’t be able to escape the call of nature…even if you decide to just spend your time on-site!