If you haven’t yet visited the Mass Audubon’s North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, you’re in for an amazing treat. Snapping and painted, and more rare spotted and box turtles, often seen in the wooded and shore areas. Approximately 100 pairs of tree swallows that inhabit the nesting boxes placed throughout the marsh.
Can best be described as a sanctuary within a refuge, the North Hill Marsh is situated within Duxbury’s Eastern Greenbelt, a 1,000 acres of contiguous open space. A beautiful sight fo a variety of birds such as ring-necked and black ducks, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, herons, kingfishers, and egrets congregate around the pond.
Close by to Myles Standish Monument State Reservation, Duxbury Beach Park, and Alden House Museum, the Eastern Greenbelt is one of the largest contiguous portions of open space in Duxbury. The sanctuary’s oak and pine woodlands, wetlands, and 90-acre pond provide habitat for wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl offer plenty of breathtaking views.
North Hill Marsh is easy to find and offers the most extensive trails in the town. A clearly marked trail system circles the pond and travels through Duxbury Town Forest where you can explore 5 miles of trails at North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary and also see a true variety of beautiful species.
North Hill Marsh, primarily a wildlife sanctuary, offers an alluring gauntlet of walking trails with sweeping water views, observation decks from which to spot herons, hawks, owls and water fowl beneath the quiet majesty to tall white pines. The Pond Loop, which circles North Hill Marsh, provides delightful pond, cranberry bog and woodland views.
A section of the trail on the east-side of the marsh is part of the historic 1623 Green Harbor Trail between Plymouth and Marshfield. From the parking lot, on the north side of Mayflower Street. The loop around the marsh is a brisk hour’s hike and an amazing fun filled day the whole family is sure to enjoy.