Here in Norwell, many of the hiking trails
are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods.
The Charles Ed White Recreation Area
is one of these places.
The trail head is on Green St in Norwell.
Here parking is only available at the side of the road.
The trail starts off wide, grassy and almost secret garden
looking with grape vines lining and arching above the hiking trail.
Adding to that untouched garden
my usual early morning explore
of the property caused me to disturb
some deer at an early morning brunch.
Once past the entrance way and entering
into the forest, the trail narrows and becomes
gravel and fern lined.
Further down it widens out again
but becomes less maintained looking.
Yet just further down the hiking
trail the forest is wide, but only a
narrow track through the area
is all it becomes.
Along the way much ground cover is found letting the visitor know that this was once a private property.
The now narrow way winds its way through the forest around trees and boulders and soon the trail is defined by fallen leaves.
The middle to end of this hiking trail becomes a narrow track through ferns in the summer months.
Just before a fallen tree blocking the way
slightly on the trail, it turns to the left
and the first glimpse of Centennial Park comes into view.
The trail soon passes through a low stone wall,
takes a sharp left and then climbs moderately
up to the far end of the field in the park.
A continued climb up to this view!
This park has multi recreational fields.
There are large soccer fields with additional lawns
on the lower portion of the park.
If you continue straight along the edge of the field,
you can continue your hike through a cut grass meadow walk.
This leads downhill toward a meadow
where you will find a bench and a campfire ring
at another portion of the park that has been mowed.
More secret garden!
At the bottom near the meadow is a faint trail
to the right that does not seem to lead anywhere.
The meadow is a peaceful early morning view
and certainly bird filled in the spring and warmer months!
Also seems to be a favorite among dog walkers!
Across from the bench, almost unnoticeable and to the left, is another cut grass trail through the meadow.
This trail is very rustic and cuts a path through the meadow, into the forest through a rock wall and chain link fence.
It turns into a cart path and leads into the forest where soon it will come to an intersection with another slightly wider dirt road.
An exploration of this turns out to be an access way out to Circuit St.
Here you will find signs that show this property is for sale and will soon be developed.
The other end of this wider road leads well into another end of the forest, but mostly leads out to private properties.
This way, before being developed could be used to gain access to other conservation properties at the end of Circuit St.
Going right on Circuit and following to the end will bring you to Forest St not far from Miller Wood.
Centennial Park is located on Pine St, where much more parking is available.
Just around the corner from the trail head of the Charles Ed White Recreation Area may be the better parking option especially if accompanied by children.
In the warmer months a portable toilet is located at the front of the park. There are basketball courts in the park and a water spiket off to the side of the parking lot.
Accessing the trail into the Charles Ed White Recreation Area may be a bit difficult to find in the warmer vegetation months.
The trail is narrow and almost hidden among the vegetation!
Follow along the right side of the field. As you get to the far corner, at the end
of a fence, the trail in will be downhill at the edge of the forest.
from route 3 exit 32 in Hanover, follow route 53 North to the intersection of route 123. At these lights go right. Follow route 123 into Norwell for approx. 1 1/2 miles to Circuit St on the right.
Follow Circuit St, past Forest and Pleasant til Pine St on the right. Taking this right on Pine, shortly down the street on the left will be Centennial Park. Continue on to the intersection with Green St for the trail head.
Take the left on Green and look carefully to the left for the trail head sign.
At trail head along the road on Green St. Approx. up to 3 vehicles
At Centennial Park several dozen vehicles
from trail head to park is 1/2 mile. Up to 1/2 mile exploring the park.
cart trail at side of meadow up to additional 1 mile.
None but the water spiket in the park
x-country skiing and snow shoeing