Douglas Westgate Conservation Area is a hidden gem nestled along the Weweantic River in Wareham. Named in memory of Doug Westgate, a former Wareham Conservation Commission member, this 49-acre town-owned property features trails along cranberry bogs, across streams, and through the woods to the banks of the river.
Visitors to Westgate Conservation Area can plan to spend an hour or more exploring the trails. It can get muddy in spots, so boots are a good choice to wear when hiking here.
From the trailhead at the parking area on Papermill Road, follow a wide, flat trail to enter the forest. This will lead you to the Bog Loop Trail, a network of grassy paths that encircle the cranberry bogs.
Keep walking southeast into the forest, and you’ll find the River Walk. Stop at the footbridge to take in a quiet view of rocky streambanks, or continue further along the loop that leads past the Weweantic River.