250 Martin’s Ln., Hingham, Massachusetts
Spanning 250 acres and more than five miles of shoreline, this peerless peninsula has long been prized for its scenic vistas and dramatic topography. According to prehistoric evidence, it was a popular campsite among Native Americans. The famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century saw it as the perfect place for developing a residential community. Although his plan never came to fruition, the terrain still reflects his influence. True to Olmsted’s philosophy of working with nature to design places of pastoral beauty, the peninsula features lush hedgerows, meandering gravel paths, and formal plantings of 900 trees.
One of the 30 islands of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, World’s End boasts four hills affording 360-degree views of the Boston skyline and Atlantic Ocean. Open grassy meadows lead to steep cliffs covered with red cedar and blueberry thickets, attracting birds and a tremendous variety of butterflies.
In addition to picnicking and gazing at the natural splendors, the peninsula offers seven miles of trails—for hiking, biking, and horseback riding— plus opportunities for fishing and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Trail maps are available at the ranger station, which also offers natural-history kayak tours from June – mid-Sept. and educational walks year-round.
Open daily year-round. Admission charged.