Bald Hill Reservation

Boxford, Massachusetts

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Two miles SW of Boxford. Within the reservation's interlocking trail system, multiple round-trip and loop hike options exist; the selected loop unveils the typical discovery. Carry a map to plot travel and negotiate the numbered trail junctions. Special attractions: Mixed forest, wetlands, ponds, historic farmsite, wildflowers, wildlife, fall foliage.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

Two miles SW of Boxford. Within the reservation's interlocking trail system, multiple round-trip and loop hike options exist; the selected loop unveils the typical discovery. Carry a map to plot travel and negotiate the numbered trail junctions. Special attractions: Mixed forest, wetlands, ponds, historic farmsite, wildflowers, wildlife, fall foliage.

©  Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Boxford
Distance: 7.7
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring through fall; area closes 30 minutes after sunset.
Local Contacts: Boxford State Forest; Essex County Greenbelt Association.
Local Maps: Bald Hill Reservation map (generally available at trailhead); Boxford State Forest map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Bald Hill Reservation

Recent Trail Reviews

6/20/2010
0

This hike went along poorly maintained trails that were frequently underwater and/or badly marked. The main path to the peak of Bald Hill was flooded by a beaver dam -- hikers had the option of fording a stagnant, knee-deep pond or clambering over and possibly damaging a wild animal's home. The mosquitos and ticks were out of control, and we were forced to sprint clear of swarming, blood-sucking bug clouds on multiple occasions. And, frankly -- with the single exception of a great blue heron sighting -- the scenery was not worth the trouble. Bald Hill was not particularly bald, and had no view to speak of; the remainder of the forest was nice enough, but the North Shore has plenty of better maintained parks with equally scenic forests and nature walks. If you must visit, aim for the fall, when there will be fewer bugs and pleasant foliage. Otherwise, don't waste your time.


5/31/2004
0

Too flooded to follow the trail listed and even this early in the season it was mosquito and tick infested. I have already pulled 30 ticks off the dog, and 1 off each child and adult. We were mosquito treats even with repellant on.



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