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Weir Hill, North Andover

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Weir Hill Reservation is a 194acre public park located in the town of North Andover, Massachusetts. The Trustees of Reservations owns and maintains the property.HistoryPrior to European settlement of the area, the Weir Hill area was used by Algonquian peoples. A 1968 archaeological survey identified a campsite at the southeast end of the reservation. It is likely that Native Americans periodically set fire to the hill to improve the landscape for deer hunting and used fishing weirs to catch alewives in Cochichewick Brook before they reached Lake Cochichewick to spawn. The reservation takes its name from these weirs.In the mid 17th century, early settlers cleared the slopes of Weir Hill for grazing sheep and cattle. In the 18th and 19th centuries, milldams were built along Cochichewick Brook to lumber- and gristmills.Modern use and conservationRising gently above Lake Cochichewick, Weir Hill offers hiking trails that pass over the crest of the 305ft double drumlin and track the shore of the lake. A rail trail runs along part of the hill, overlooking Lake Cochichewick. Many North Andover residents also use the trail system for cross-country, mountain biking, and its shores to go swimming.
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  • It is so peaceful and relaxing to take a walk on Weir Hill . There are many trails and variations for your liking. My favorite spot is the scenic view. But there are many more . It is great for famili...  more »
  • The hill route is great but you need to be in shape the view is worth the trip to the lake and a great view of the mill clock in Lawrence which is only in size out done by Big Ben. .  more »
  • Great place to hike with your dog. Bags provided at trail heads for picking up the "accidents". Be aware that letting your dog go for a swim could result in a fine of $50  more »