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World's End
south-of-boston Hingham, MA
251 acres
Photo Credit: Peter Marotta

World's End is open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Reserved Time/Day Passes are required in advance.

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FAQs for Timed Entry and Daily Parking Pass

Visitation to World’s End is currently very high.  We hope to keep World’s End open and available throughout this response to COVID-19, but we need help from all visitors to ensure a safe experience.

  • Practice social distancing. Please maintain at least 6’ between other guests and do not gather with friends or extended family to create groups. Make an extra effort to maintain social distancing principals while in the parking lot and entrance areas. 
  • On nice days, the parking lot is usually full between 10:30AM and 4:30PM.  If you arrive to find a full parking lot, please use our turn around loop and come back at a later time.  DO NOT park on neighboring streets or circle through the neighborhood.  To ensure the safety of our neighbors, police will ticket or tow cars that are illegally parked.
  • Bikes are temporarily not allowed at World’s End to make space on the trails.
  • Keep dogs leashed at all times and do not let them approach other visitors.

Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer sweeping views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted make delightful walking trails.

What makes World’s End a special place?

We think it’s the tree-lined carriage paths and sweeping views of the Boston skyline, only 15 miles away. The 251-acre coastscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by pockets of woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying nature and the outdoors.

The retreating glacier helped create the geology of Boston Harbor, including the islands and the four spoon-shaped hills (called drumlins) that comprise World’s End. This landscape also features saltwater marshes, meadows, woodlands, and granite ledges covered with red cedars and blueberry thickets.

World’s End was once an island at high tide, but colonial farmers dammed the salt marsh to grow hay and cleared almost all the trees for cropland. In the 1880s, wealthy Boston businessman John Brewer built a farming estate. In 1890, he hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design a large subdivision. While the homes were never built, four miles of carriage roads remain.

Tides once again nourish former salt marsh through specially built culverts, which promote habitat health and diversity. Grasslands maintained by carefully timed mowing provide important habitat for the birds that depend on them, as well as native plant species. And Olmsted’s designed landscape is preserved through mowing, pruning, cutting, and planting.

World’s End was once one of Massachusetts’ most threatened coastal landscapes. In 1890, plans were drawn up for a 163-house residential subdivision. In 1945, the property was short-listed for the site of the United Nations headquarters, which ultimately found its home in New York City. Twenty years later, it was eyed as a possible site for a nuclear power plant. But in 1967, thanks to local commitment and tremendous fundraising efforts, dedicated residents from Hingham and surrounding communities, and The Trustees, were able to preserve this special place.

Did you know World's End is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area? Learn more!

4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths. Moderate hiking.

Public restrooms. Benches. Drinking water fountain.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, 8 a.m. to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

World’s End is very popular on weekend afternoons and parking is limited. Follow us on Twitter @worldsend02043 for updates on weekend parking availability and other news about the property.

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World's End Entrance Improvement Project
See the map and details about the project to improve parking and the visitor experience.
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