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Ravenswood Park

481 Western Avenue (Route 127), Gloucester, MA 01930
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Ranked #8 of 26 Attractions in Gloucester
Type: Parks
Description: Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where you'll find remnants Colonial habitation.
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Boston, MA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
16 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got up early, had breakfast, and went to Ravenswood for a lovely walk. The main trails are old carriage roads, and thus they are relatively smooth, good for me with my arthritic knee. The paths do run up and down some, so we got a good workout despite not truly hiking. The visitor center (this is Trustees of Reservations... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We hiked here on a lovely spring day and spent nearly 3 hours. The trails go through pine and oak woods with a wild magnolia swamp board walk, enormous glacial bolder fields, and around a pond and old quarry. Make sure you go into the visitor center and learn about the history of Magnolia and the wild magnolias from Ramona.... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The quality of light is never better than winter time. Fun to watch dogs bounding through snow, and feels like walking in a snowglobe each time the trees sway and shake flakes down like glitter.

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Havelock
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

You can make several visits before you walk all the trails. We just had a couple of hours and hiked a few of the outer trails. Trails run from easy to moderate, Your GPS may tell you that you have arrived when you have not. If coming from Gloucester, keep going straight and the entrance will be on your right.... More

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South Haven, MI
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122 reviews 122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This park is a woodsy area with a variety of trail. People were bringing their dogs for walks but all were well behaved. It's a nice little get away for people.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My Husband and I love taking long hikes at Ravenswood. It is so beautiful there. It is also dog friendly.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Plenty of parking most times. People do come up there to walk their dogs so if you aren't a fan of dogs you might want to avoid this. The scenery is nice and their are many paths you can take for your walk.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great hike, tour, and discovery center for our family. You can hike on your own or join one of the tours. The discovery center is a clean, friendly, and educational place to meet up, hang out, or explore with kids. Also, nearby is the state park with a beach and large playground.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Excellent choice to walk off all those calories from visiting Gloucester restaurants (only a short ten minute drive away.) Very relaxing hiking, not to strenuous. Take trails to the right after entering to get to scenic overviews of the ocean, nice spot for picnicking.

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Hertfordshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The park has a number of well marked trails. Some were rocky and others flatter or on board walks over the swamp. It was very quiet on a Monday in off season, so perfect for enjoying the sounds of the birds.

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