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Cold winter visit!

It was so cold new years eve day on the hill. It is a cool place with nice long distance view of... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2018
Haverhill, Massachusetts
A great place to take the family, lover, or to spend some contemplative time by yourself for an hour or an afternoon.

Ward reservation an idyllic way to spend some time in the woods exploring some ancient Andover... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2017
Andover, Massachusetts
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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.
Prospect Road, Andover, MA 01810
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

Ward reservation is a sprawling range of mixed wood forests, rolling hills and scenic views. With trails ranging from easy to intermediate, it's a great destination for families and folks just looking to get in a nice nature walks. In the summer evenings, it's common...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

From the top of the hill you can see the sky line of Boston. A steep paved road brings you to the top. A very short distance. Many trails to hike in the woods.

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All reviews nice view of boston essex county fire tower great place for a hike yellow trail meadows bog trustees summit hanover signage excitement field
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

It was so cold new years eve day on the hill. It is a cool place with nice long distance view of Boston and the southern sky. I had hoped to view a moon set but you can't see due west well from the summit....More

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

Ward reservation an idyllic way to spend some time in the woods exploring some ancient Andover roads, find Phillips Andover’s old ski jump, walk in the fields while enjoying a distant view of Boston or climb the fire tower for excitement. The Trustees have created...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

Lovely trail. 3 trails merging with each other (Red, Blue & Yellow). Amazing Fall view. Dog friendly. Lovely Bog. Peace, serene, calm. Photographers paradise. $5 parking fee is not much for such enchanting experience. A must visit for fall view as you don't have to...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Highest hill in Essex county, you can see downtown Boston and up the east coast form the top of the yellow trail. Great for a breath of fresh air with family or friends or time alone. Several trails of 1 to 5 miles take you...More

Thank 782tinaw
Reviewed June 18, 2017

i was here trying to forget the terrible food i ate the day before. it was hard but i marched on as i do.

Thank ronybelkin
Reviewed June 11, 2017

This is an interesting and demanding urban preserve. We hiked for about 4 miles on a warm day, then headed off to North Andover for a late lunch. We especially liked Rubbish Meadow with its Great Blue Heron rookery and other nesting birds. It is...More

1  Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

What a great place this is. Came in April for a walk with my wife, kids and our dog. It's not a difficult hike at all, so you will be fine with young kids. There is off-road parking and just costs $5. Drop it in...More

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Great place for a hike. Good signage at the intersections and some good hills to hike up, with a really nice view of Boston from the summitt.

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

I had a great visit to Holt Hill today, taking a hike with my son and dog. The hike up to the summit where the solstice rocks are located is rather short and pretty easy. The entire property is large and there are opportunities for...More

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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Great Park, usually quiet with multiple trails, great if you are looking for a nice walk with or without a dog. Wider trails have some bike traffic, but I only run into a one or two bikers during my walk. Nice walks, get great view...More

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September 21, 2016|
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Response from Krista S | Reviewed this property |
From the parking lot, there is a paved road up to the fire tower. You can't drive up there. It is a little steep in parts, but it is not that long of a walk (5-8 minutes depending on your speed). You will need to walk on... More
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