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Sweets Knoll – Dighton


My second exploratory hike in Dighton this afternoon brought me to Sweet Knolls. It is a recent addition to the state park system in Massachusetts. The most difficult part of this hike is finding it. The trail starts at a driveway of what looks like a private residence. The address is 1387 Somerset Avenue. The only true indication that this is not private property is the state park sign in front of the sprawling yellow ranch house. From the driveway parking area I followed the trail downhill and it veered slightly left. After the former railroad crossing (if you notice it!) you have the option of going straight or right. I opted to go straight first following the mowed grass road to the rivers edge. Here there was a picnic table. I then followed the path in a northerly direction as it looped back to the main trail. From here I decided to explore the other trail, now to the left. It went straight for a bit then veered to the left after a stone wall and again I found myself near the rivers edge. I then retraced my steps back to the car. This area has been known to be used by Native Americans as several artifacts have been discovered nearby. Also, I came across what I believe were a pair of turkey vultures here.


I did not find a trail map on-line.

A Field At Sweets Knoll

A Field At Sweets Knoll

Broad Cove – Dighton

  • Broad Cove Nature Trail
  • County Street, Dighton, MA
  • Trailhead: 41°47’56.4″N 71°07’55.2″W
  • First Time Hiked: May 6, 2014
  • Last Time Hiked: December 28, 2021
  • Approximate distance hiked: 2.0 miles
  • Easy.

When I had first done this walk back in 2014 it was a simple out and back from Hart Street along a former railroad bed. Since then there was a property dispute and a section of the walk was cut off. Over time a west entrance was developed along County Street. The main trail, not blazed winds northward first to the edge of the property before turning east along a stone wall. The trail soon comes to a large open field on a small hill. On the other side of the hill is the railway bed . If you turn left here it will lead you to the Hart Street entrance. Turning right will lead you a few hundred feet before you come to a posted barricade. When heading back look for a loop trail on the left that leads to the edge of the wetlands. The trails tend to get muddy here and several species of birds were observed here including robins, red winged blackbirds, ducks, and geese.


Broad Cove From the Loop Trail