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Reversing Falls Trail

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A hike over the eskers around the Reversing Falls Marsh.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

42' 13 m

High

8' 2 m

Low

78' 24 m

Up

83' 25 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Need to Know

If you're not at the Reversing Falls in the trail around low tide, you'll need to wade across the falls. For reference, I was there when the tide was 73cm and rising, and it was fine.

Description

This is a short but beautiful hike around the eskers that form the Reversing Falls Marsh. The start of the trail is marked by a sign. The trail veers off of the Great Esker Trail to the east. There are a couple of connecting trails at the beginning; always stay to the right, hugging the shoreline of the marsh.

At the 0.12 mile mark, the trail ascends a smaller esker and descends to the Reversing Falls. When the tide is going out, the falls flow east, when the tide is coming in, the falls flow west. On the other side of the falls, there are two trails you can take. One follows the shoreline of the back river and the other ascends the Sugar Plum Ridge which is another esker. Take the ridge trail.

At the end of the Sugar Plum Ridge, cross another low-lying area, and follow the trail straight into the woods, bypassing a side trail on your left. Shortly after at the 0.5-mile mark, bear right and cross the power lines. At the next fork, stay right. After a while, the trail bears left and climbs to Great Esker Trail and ends.

Flora & Fauna

Wood ducks, snowy egrets, great egrets, blue herons. This is also an osprey nesting area. Sugar Plum Ridge has low-bush blueberries.

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Shared By:

Shawn Holland

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Photos

Looking down at the Reversing Falls Marsh
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA
An Osprey tending its nest
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA
Esker at the 0.2 mark of the Reversing Falls Trail
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA
View of the Reversing Falls Marsh from the high point of the Great Esker
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA

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Apr 22, 2018
Shawn Holland