Natural Resources Conservation Task Force
The Monatiquot River is an excellent resource for the town. There is a trail behind South Coast Bank near the Chateau Restaurant along the River. The river supports Smelt and Herring species but the Herring cannot reach Great Pond Reservoir because of dams blocking fish passage.
Cranberry Pond Conservation Area
Cranberry Pond is an area designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Critical Environmental Protection. The conservation land is a part of the Fore River Watershed, and the Cranberry Brook Sub Watershed, which feeds into the Cochato River, and the Richardi Reservoir. The area holds some of the best quaking bogs in Southeastern Massachusetts. The bogs hold the carnivorous pitcher plants and sundew. A number of state issued rare species also live in the area. The area has hiking and mountain biking trails.
Cranberry Pond Trail Map
Braintree Town Forest
The Braintree Town Forest is also a part of the Cranberry Brook Watershed. The Forest has multiple trail heads with a parking lot on the Peach Street trail head. The forest has an amphitheater and multiple trails. The forest has an upland area and a lowland area with wetlands around Cranberry Brook. The trails have great interpretive signage which tells of the geology and ecology of the conservation land.
Town Forest Trail Map:
Pond Meadow Park
Pond Meadow Park is a 320 Acre Conservation Area in Braintree and part of Weymouth. The park holds a dual purpose as flood control for East Braintree and The Landing Business District. The Park holds picnic areas, hiking and mountain biking trails, a paved bicycle trail, docks and a non-motorboat launch. There are two full time Rangers and bathrooms at the Nature Center. The park offers summer nature programs for Braintree and Weymouth residents.
Pond Meadow Park Trail Map:
Smelt Brook, the main stream in the park is undergoing a daylighting project as a requirement of the MBTA Greenbush Line Environmental Mitigation and restoration study which we have supported.
Friends of Pond Meadow Park and Pond Meadow Park Commissioners have been working on an 1135 Army Corps of Engineers Feasibility Study for restoration of the brook's fish gate and perched culvert to improve fish passage and restore a historic park.
The Town Council and Community Preservation Commissions of Braintree and Weymouth approved funding for the 1135 study.
Fish Gate Perched Culvert
Eaton's Pond Conservation Land
Eaton's Pond Conservation Area has mountain bike and hiking trails along a stream and wetlands, pond as well as an old quarry.