Why You Should Visit
The Black Pond Nature Preserve encompasses several habitat types: Atlantic white cedar swamp, forest, a small meadow and—most significant ecologically—a bog surrounding Black Pond. The pond itself is a deep glacial kettlehole, which has a limited water supply. Its water is naturally extremely acidic and low in nutrients. These factors, in combination with a cool, coastal climate, make the bog plant community unusual.
Suitable for all ages, this short trail and connecting boardwalk will take you through upland forest and cedar swamp to close-up views of the bog’s rich and unique vegetation. For a longer hike, trails connect with a trail system on abutting town land, the Cuffey Hill Reservation.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The quaking sphagnum bog creates habitat for a unique plant community at Black Pond, which was the first Nature Conservancy preserve in Massachusetts.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
The first tracts at the preserve were acquired by TNC in 1962, mainly through the efforts of William "Cap'n Bill" Vinal, a life-long resident of Norwell. Since then TNC has protected 101 acres in 9 tracts. TNC is currently planning a preserve upgrade that includes an accessible trail and boardwalk. The preserve's 60th anniversary will be celebrated in 2022.