A very short 50 mile drive to our next campground near the towns of Humarock and Scituate MA..Fourth Cliff which is the recreation campground for Hanscom AFB near Boston. This is our 2nd visit since 2012. Our site overlooks the Atlantic and the North River. On our last visit our site was #11 next to Battery 208;however, due to several winter storms, many of the sites have fallen into disrepair. The campground also offers cabins and tent camping. The cabins seem to be in good condition.
|Another View of Site 14|
|View of Atlantic|
As a result of the storm of 1898, Fourth Cliff was detached from Third Cliff and the town of Scituate when a new mouth for the North River was created. The only access is through the town of Marshfield. The waterway surrounding Fourth Cliff is considered one of the most dangerous inlets in the Atlantic Ocean. During the 1800's this was a popular vacation spot for residents of Boston.
|North River with Scituate in Background|
After WW I, Fourth Cliff became a Navy Radio Compass Station. During WW II a US Army Coastal Artillery Gun Site was built.The battery, observation tower and fire control tower are still remaining, but not open to the public. The barracks were created to look like cottages on the cliff. The guns were only fired once to test them. Sixty inch searchlights, machine gun nests and anti aircraft weapons were in place. In 1948 the area became an Air Force Field Station.In the 1950's 2 large radio towers were constructed and since dismantled to communicate with submarines.
|Fire Control Station|
When we depart here on the 13th we hope to secure space at Hanscom AFB. They don't take reservations.