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Coronavirus Update from The Trustees
Weir Hill
northeast North Andover, MA
194 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.
  • The restrooms will be closed.
  • Dogs on leash at Weir Hill.
  • Professional Photo-Shoots or Groups of more than ten people require a permit.

Trace the western shoreline of a sparkling lake or enjoy a woodsy ascent to scenic views of the Merrimack Valley.

What makes Weir Hill a special place?
We think it’s the striking vistas of both scenic Lake Cochichewick and of the broader landscape of the Merrimack Valley that will charge your imagination. Whether you prefer to wander the property’s eastern border along the lake shoreline or ascend to an overlook for a westward panorama, Weir Hill Reservation will replenish body and soul.

Follow the 0.75-mile Edgewood Farm Trail to reach the meandering shore of Lake Cochichewick, which dominates the east and south edges of this reservation. The two-mile-long lake and Weir Hill ("wire hill") are the dominant natural features in the northeast part of town and easily its most scenic. In fact, Great Pond Road was laid out on the east shore to take advantage of the views across the lake and the hill rising just beyond. Cochichewick has long served as North Andover’s drinking water supply, so public access remains limited. Hikers of the Edgewood Farm and 0.4-mile Cochichewick trails can feel fortunate as they wander, enjoying terrific water-level views. Take caution if you trek this route in winter, though, as these trails get icy!

For a quite different, but equally memorable experience, take the 0.71-mile Stevens Trail up the spine of Weir Hill to where a scenic overlook opens on the right. Hikers enjoy a broad panorama of the Merrimack Valley spreading below. On days of good visibility, you can see Mount Wachusett rising in the distance beyond Worcester, and northwest of Wachusett, New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock.

Generations of agricultural use, a history of fire, and cutting and mowing regimes have created a patchwork landscape on Weir Hill that supports ten different types of plant communities, from a 60-acre oak-hickory forest to hillside seeps, intermittent streams, and wet meadows. Several threatened state-listed and watch-listed species can be found on Weir Hill, including the white bog orchid (Habenaria dilitata), violet bush clover (Lespedeza violacea), butternut trees (Juglans nigra).

Trails
Four miles of trails, easy to moderate hiking, strenuous in places.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

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  • Regulations & Advisories
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  • Conservation & Stewardship
Announcements & Alerts

The Trustees, in partnership with the North Andover Fire Department and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will be conducting a prescribed burn at Weir Hill on June 4, 2019 (weather depending.)

For further information on Prescribed Fires, click on Conservation & Stewardship.

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