Mount Ann Park
Gloucester, MA
87 acres
Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Dog Walking Walking/Hiking (Moderate) Picnicking Guided Tours No Access

About Mount Ann Park

Please note that this reservation is not accessible at this time.

A substantial mixed forest of evergreens and hardwoods rises to a rocky summit overlooking Cape Ann.

What makes Mount Ann Park a special place?
We think it’s the mix of thick, hilly woods of white pine, oak, maple, beech, birch, and hemlock that lead to a huge, smooth-topped granite outcrop summit overlooking Haskell and Dykes Pond, water reservoirs of the city of Gloucester. The summit offers views of Gloucester Harbor to the south and Crane Beach to the north.

The brothers of naturalist Henry David Minot gave the land to establish a park in his memory. In 1876, at age 17, Minot wrote The Land Birds and Game Birds of New England. Throughout his youth, Minot suffered from recurrent health problems; he died at an early age.

Trails
N/A

When to Visit
When Rt. 128 was constructed in the 1950s, access to Mount Ann Park from the north was cut off. The other sides of the Reservation are either part of the City of Gloucester watershed or private land, neither of which can be accessed by the public. Therefore, there is no access to the reservation at present. The Trustees are exploring options to provide public access in the future.

We do offer guided activities at Mount Ann Park at various times throughout the year. Keep an eye on our events calendar for opportunities to visit this reservation.

Regulations & Advisories

This reservation is not accessible at this time. When Rt. 128 was constructed in the 1950s, access to Mount Ann Park from the north was cut off. The other sides of the Reservation are either part of the City of Gloucester watershed or private land, neither of which can be accessed by the public. Therefore, there is no access to the reservation at present. The Trustees are exploring options to provide public access in the future.

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.

Directions

New Way Lane
Gloucester, MA 01930
Telephone: 978.526.8687
E-mail: dgove@thetrustees.org

Latitude: 42.6134
Longitude: -70.7203

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When Rt. 128 was constructed in the 1950s, access to Mount Ann Park from the north was cut off. The other sides of the Reservation are either part of the City of Gloucester watershed or private land, neither of which can be accessed by the public. Therefore, there is no regular access to the Reservation at present. The Trustees are exploring options to provide public access.

Admission

This reservation is not accessible at this time. The Trustees are exploring options to provide public access in the future.

Property History

Property Acquisition History
Gift of Charles S., Laurence, Robert S., and William Minot in 1897 in memory of Henry Davis Minot. Additional land given by the heirs of Edward Bray in 1926; David O. Mears in 1927; Mrs. Ruth A. Oakes in 1929; and Addison S. Bray in 1968. Endowment given by members of the Minot family in 1952 and by Mrs. Henry M. Channing in 1963.

Conservation and Stewardship

Management Planning for Our Properties
 


Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
 


  • Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources. 

  • Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.

  • Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.

  • Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.


View Mount Ann Park management plan.

Maps and Resources

Please note that this reservation is not accessible at this time.



Planning Your Visit

Please note that this reservation is not accessible at this time.

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by Warren on: January 17, 2014
A home of timber rattlesnakes, be careful.



Submitted by Lee on: March 18, 2011
I remember stopping along Rt 128 to pull into Mt Ann Park. There was a small parking lot along the hwy. We enjoyed the short walk to the top where you could see to the horizon.



Submitted by Marie B on: October 19, 2010
What a great visit on 10/16/10 to such a delightful and beautiful spot. My family used to picnic regularly at the cutoff until the state closed the "rest area" in '84. I had been waiting since then to check it out. It surpassed my expectations!



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