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Ward Reservation, Andover

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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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  • This is an interesting and demanding urban preserve. We hiked for about 4 miles on a warm day, then headed off to North Andover for a late lunch. We especially liked Rubbish Meadow with its Great Blue...  more »
  • What a great place this is. Came in April for a walk with my wife, kids and our dog. It's not a difficult hike at all, so you will be fine with young kids. There is off-road parking and just costs $5....  more »
  • Great place for a hike. Good signage at the intersections and some good hills to hike up, with a really nice view of Boston from the summitt.  more »
  • My son and I hiked about 4 miles through Ward Reservation and had a great time. The trails were well marked and easy to follow. Heading up to the hills had some pretty steep sections, but nothing extremely difficult. We were there the morning after a heavy rain and only encountered a couple of places where the trail was significantly muddy. The views of downtown Boston were definitely worth the effort of hiking up the hills.
  • Last day of school, solstice adgacent annual pilgrimage with grandchildren. We love picnicking at the solstice stones and finding sundews at the quaking bog. Next year we look forward to being old enough/still young enough to make it to Elephant Rock.
  • 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.
  • It's a nice place for a walk and just chill out
  • I love hiking here, as does my dog.