Sunday, December 4, 2011


Quincy Bog Natural Area is a 50-acre preserve at the foot of Stinson Mountain between the towns of Plymouth and Rumney. Owned by the non-profit Rumney Ecological Systems, it features a pond and associated variety of wetlands, along with upland forests and granite outcrops. (Great birding potential in spring and summer; might be a bit buggy, too!) The 1.3-mile Joe Kent Ecological Trail makes a loop around the pond, with trailhead parking available at the end of either Quincy Bog Rd., a short spur road off Quincy Rd. east of Rumney, or Cranberry Bog Rd., a spur off Quincy Bog Rd.

A detailed trail guide and other information is available here.

On a crisp, clear morning, I started from the end of Cranberry Bog Rd. and turned right on the trail to the south end of the pond.

This bridge lead across the pond outlet.

A good view north to Stinson Mountain from the bridge.

Nice woods walking.

Old stone walls, no surprise at this low elevation (around 500 ft.).

View NW towards lower spurs of Stinson.

A 0.1 mile side path leads out to "The Point."

A bench awaits in piney woods.

Pretty view across to a cluster of tall pines.

"The Ledges" rise on the north side of the pond.

View across the bog to a spur of Tenney Mountain.

Neat stretch of trail along the ledges.

Long swamp walkway.

View across the pond from the NW shore.

There's a small nature center on this side of the pond, where programs are held in summer and fall. Quincy Bog is a neat little area, well worth visiting if you're in the Plymouth area and looking for a short, rewarding walk.


  1. I love adventures such as this to out of the ordinary places! Great report and wonderful photos! Speaking of photos, yours are always terrific, but for whatever reason the images in this report seem even more crisp and vibrant. Did you recently get a new camera to replace the one that had the accident?


  2. Thanks, John! Amazingly, that camera I dropped in Whitewall Brook is still working. The day at Quincy Bog just happened to be exceptionally clear and crisp.


  3. Maybe that dip was just what your camera needed, Steve!

  4. I've been in Plymouth over the summer since 1996, but never visited the Bog. Thanks for the encouragement!