1. 1.Scituate Maritime Center

  2. 2.Mass Humane Society Boathouse

  3. 3.Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

  4. 4.Chesapeake vs. Shannon and “Don’t Give Up the Ship”

  5. 5.Second Cliff

  6. 6.Peggotty Beach

  7. 7.Edward Foster Road Bridge

  8. 8.Site of the first Town Wharf

  9. 9.Cole Parkway

  10. 10. The Harbor Walk

  11. 11.The Bates House: the home of Rebecca and Abigail

  12. 12. Scituate Yacht Club

  13. 13. Museum Beach

  14. 14. Edward Hart Square

  15. 15. Scituate Light and the wreck of the Etrusco

  16. 16. Wreck of the pilot boat Columbia

  17. 17.The Avenues: First through Tenth

  18. 18. Sheep Ponds

  19. 19.Egypt Beach

This twelve mile loop (or six mile start to Egypt Beach) begins at the Scituate Maritime Center parking lot, 119 Edward Foster Rd. Start your journey by taking a stroll through the Center, along the docks and along the coastal walking path – it’s a well-kept secret. The Maritime Center serves the boating public with a 78 slip municipal marina, a public kayak ramp and public bathrooms and showers. There’s a walking trail around the perimeter of the park as well as two historical buildings preserving the open space of the Marine Park and enhancing Scituate’s maritime history. Note the Mass Humane Society Boat House on your way out of the parking lot and take a left to proceed to the end of First Cliff where you’ll find Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. Continue toward the seawall and walk to the end to envision the story of the USS Chesapeake in 1813. Reverse Back onto Edward Foster Rd taking two successive right turns to pass over the Edward Foster Bridge, keeping an eye out for bathers leaping into the tidal stream. At the intersection by St. Mary of the Nativity Church, turn right onto Front Street, and immediately after crossing the Satuit Brook bridge (note the historic marker on your right) turn right onto the Harbor Walk. Stay along the water’s edge, passing the bandstand and Harbormaster’s office, continuing on to the walkway around the Mill Wharf restaurant, great harbor views, and maybe some fried clams. Then pass the Satuit Hardware store and turn right back onto Front Street. After the road bends left, turn right at the stoplight onto Jericho Road, passing the Bates House. Keep right, passing the boat launch, Scituate Boat Club, Scituate Yacht Club, Museum Beach (perfect for little kids) and come to a T-intersection. Take the right onto Lighthouse Road, loop out past the lighthouse (photo required!) then loop back on Rebecca Road. Continue by keeping the ocean on your right onto Turner Road, then Oceanside Drive, eventually passing numbered Avenues from 11th to 1st. At 1st Avenue turn left up the hill, take a right on Hatherly Road, and then an immediate right on Standish Avenue. Don’t go too fast downhill, as you make an immediate left onto Marshall Avenue, three blocks later a right on Alden Avenue, and then a left on Seaside Road (all of this keeps you close to the ocean and off of busier Hatherly Road).  At Egypt Beach, walk onto the stony beach and skip a few uniquely flat rocks into the ocean before retracing your steps to the Maritime Center. One tip – as you cross the Edward Foster bridge take a worthy detour: turn right onto Peggotty Beach Road (the beach access and parking lot are on your right) come up to the overlook and look for surfers off the point. Continue up the hill, right onto Crescent Avenue, and over the top of 2nd Cliff. At the bottom of the hill stop sign, turn right on Edward Foster Road and you’re back at the Maritime Center.

The Scituate Historic Trails project formed from a partnership between Scituate Historical Society, People for Active Transportation & Health (PATH), and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary to create and promote walking paths and bike routes connecting historical sites, beaches, downtown businesses and other fun places to relax, learn, eat and enjoy Scituate, a charming New England seaside town founded in 1636. Scituate is a coastal town located 25 miles south of Boston with nearly 17 square miles of history and centuries old character to be enjoyed on foot, on a bicycle or from a boat! From out of town? Hop on the Greenbush Train from South Station with your bike and enjoy a healthy, historical adventure to Scituate Massachusetts.