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Ward Reservation, Andover

(4.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
The Ward Reservation is a 704acre open space reserve located in Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts, 20mi north of Boston. The reserve, managed by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations, is notable for its open drumlin hilltops and vistas encompassing Boston and Salem. The Ward Reservation offers 13mi of trails and former woods roads available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross country skiing; it is also a link in the 200mi Bay Circuit Trail system.Geography and recreationThe Ward Reservation contains hayfields, hilltops, wetlands, creeks, swamps, and woodlands. Colonial era stone walls on the property, when combined, total more than 17mi long. Hills on the reservation include Shrub Hill, Boston Hill, and the 420ft Holt Hill drumlin, named for the 17th-century settlement of Nicholas Holt, which offers 280 degree views of Boston, Salem, and the Blue Hills. An arrangement of "solstice stones" on the summit mark annual solstice and equinox events. Pine Hole Bog, a rare quaking bog located on the property is accessed via a 700ft boardwalk; The Trustees of Reservations provides an interpretive brochure for the bog at trailhead kiosks.
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  • I had a great visit to Holt Hill today, taking a hike with my son and dog. The hike up to the summit where the solstice rocks are located is rather short and pretty easy. The entire property is large ...  more »
  • Great Park, usually quiet with multiple trails, great if you are looking for a nice walk with or without a dog. Wider trails have some bike traffic, but I only run into a one or two bikers during my w...  more »
  • Ward reservation is a sprawling range of mixed wood forests, rolling hills and scenic views. With trails ranging from easy to intermediate, it's a great destination for families and folks just looking...  more »
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  • We went in February. It was really quiet and the trails are marked very clearly. Our dog loved it, although there was another dog off leash that shouldn't have been—its owner had to pull it away from our dog by its collar. So that's a thing to note.
  • I like hiking here. Great trails and awesome view of Boston.
  • Features a place with a great view and a kind of cardinal stone structure.
  • Awesome place to bring our family and dog for a hike. The views of the Boston skyline on clear days are nice.
  • The bog has a nice boardwalk and they have guides that let you identify some of the cool bog plants. It's a really pretty area, great place to walk your dog.