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Coronavirus Update from The Trustees
Ward Reservation
northeast Andover & North Andover, MA
704 acres

This property is open during normal hours. The Trustees asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. Please note: all buildings and inside areas are remain closed on all properties. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please click here.

Operating hours: Dawn to dusk

Please note, for your safety and the safety of others:

  • A mask or face covering must be worn at all times while visiting the properties.
  • Please keep a six-foot distance from other visitors.
  • Parking is limited at these properties. No street parking is allowed. If the parking lot is full, please come back at a later time or consider visiting one of our other properties.
  • Parking fee required, pay at kiosk, free for members
  • Dogs on leash at Ward Reservation.
  • Professional Photo-Shoots or Groups of more than ten people require a permit.

Climb a hill for great views extending from the surrounding Merrimack Valley to the Boston skyline, or explore this sprawling landscape along almost 10 miles of trails.

What makes the Ward Reservation a special place?
Credit Mabel Ward for her foresight, generosity, and enduring love. In 1940, seven years after the death of her husband, Charles W. Ward, she paid tribute to his memory and their union by making an original donation of 153 acres to The Trustees. In ensuing years, the Ward family and others have made additional gifts; the reservation now totals 700 acres.

Trails link three major hills – Shrub, Boston, and Holt – and looking out from their summits you can see how the property melds with the surrounding landscape. The “Solstice Stones” mark the grassy summit of Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County. This compass-like arrangement of stones indicates the cardinal points on the compass, the points of the summer and winter solstices, and the points of the spring and autumnal equinoxes.

At the base of Holt Hill, step onto a boardwalk that leads to Pine Hole Pond, at which point you may ask: Is this water or land? In fact, you are walking across a rare quaking bog, comprised of concentric rings of floating vegetation, each with unique growing conditions. The bog is home to a number of interesting plant species, including orchids and insect-eating pitcher plants. Stop at the numbered stations along the way, each of which signals an interesting botanical or geologic feature. Pick up an interpretive booklet at the bulletin board to follow numbered stations along the boardwalk and learn more about this rare natural phenomenon.

Trails
Almost 10 miles of trails, easy-to-moderate hiking, strenuous in places. Some of the trails here are part of the Bay Circuit Trail, a regional greenway linking the North Shore and South Shore.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, 8am to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

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  • Regulations & Advisories
  • History
  • Conservation & Stewardship
Announcements & Alerts

Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

Check out the latest Prescribed Fire information by clicking on Conservation & Stewardship.

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