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Review of Ravenswood Park

Ravenswood Park
Ranked #13 of 61 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where you'll find remnants Colonial habitation.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

If you decide to go to Ravenswood Park, keep in mind that there is limited parking. Otherwise, there a variety of trails to choose from. I PERSONALLY like the "Ridge Trail" because it takes you up on a ridge where you can overlook Gloucester and see Boston skyline. Just watch out for dog poop!

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Ravenswood Park is by far my favorite place to take my dog for a walk, no matter the season. There's one main trail that forks off into other directions plus there are tons of side trails (more woodsy and harder with rocks and roots but with awesome views). At one spot, kind of off the beaten path, you can see the harbor and it is so pretty. My favorite season to visit is fall because the trees are so beautiful and the bugs are gone. It does get extremely buggy in the spring and summer. I don't normally use mosquito repellant but it's a must as you get devoured. In the winter, you can see people snow shoeing around the trails and you can also walk there but no one clears it out so it's quite muddy and icy. I went the other day (I go weekly) and it was pretty muddy and cold but the parking lot was still full of cars. It's definitely a great spot for animals and nature lovers! And, unlike most parks in the area, parking is still free.

Thank quiet_wave
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Nice nature trails with a bit of history, and it is literally next to my house with the back entrance to the park 25 yards from my driveway.

Thank wfonviel
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

beautiful and some great trails....a good spot for dog walking or an adventure with your kids.good xc skiing when snowy enough

Thank dogtownpeg
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

I agree with the previous reviews--this is a gem of a park! It's a lovely little spot that's great for a range of hikes that vary in difficulty. It's really quiet and well maintained, so it's a beautiful little escape, and admission is free. The park has an interesting history, as it was left behind by a hermit who had lived outdoors here ~100 years ago.

This is a great park for kids mostly because of the Quests! We were fortunate to learn about the Quests from another visitor, which is a set of laminated instructions with clues that take you to different marker points throughout the park, describing some of the geography, foliage, and history of the park along the way. At the end you come upon a treasure box where you can stamp your hand and sign your name in the log book. It turned our hike into a full-fledged adventure! The Quest instructions are at the park entrance in the box under the main map, but you can also download them off the Trustees of Reservations websites (Hermit's Haven Quest). Even if you don't do the Quest, it's easy to come up with a short and relatively easy path that's do-able for kids.

Overall, a lovely spot, and worth many returns!

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