Ravenswood Park Trail

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Most people think of the sea when they think of Gloucester. This seaport city is, after all, a working fishing port and home to the famous “Fisherman at the Wheel" statue on Stacey Boulevard, sculpted in 1923. This landmark, along with the more recent (and poignant) “Fisherman’s Wives" statue, honors the 15,000-plus Gloucester fishermen lost at sea, and the families they left behind. The monument is a constant reminder of the power of nature, something you’ll see evidence of at Ravenswood Park, although in less dramatic fashion. Ravenswood Park is a 600-acre glacial moraine. Thousands of years ago, retreating glaciers left giant boulders, or erratics, all over the park. In the winter, these giant, snow-covered boulders look like giant snowballs. Other features of the property tend to disappear under heavy snowfall, like the kettle ponds and Great Magnolia Swamp, a glacial bog. The park’s variety of trees look gorgeous draped in snow; you’ll tromp past oak, birch, beech, maple, eastern hemlock, white pine, mountain laurel, and even the sweetbay magnolia (uncommon around here).
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Most people think of the sea when they think of Gloucester. This seaport city is, after all, a working fishing port and home to the famous “Fisherman at the Wheel" statue on Stacey Boulevard, sculpted in 1923. This landmark, along with the more recent (and poignant) “Fisherman’s Wives" statue, honors the 15,000-plus Gloucester fishermen lost at sea, and the families they left behind. The monument is a constant reminder of the power of nature, something you’ll see evidence of at Ravenswood Park, although in less dramatic fashion.

Ravenswood Park is a 600-acre glacial moraine. Thousands of years ago, retreating glaciers left giant boulders, or erratics, all over the park. In the winter, these giant, snow-covered boulders look like giant snowballs. Other features of the property tend to disappear under heavy snowfall, like the kettle ponds and Great Magnolia Swamp, a glacial bog. The park’s variety of trees look gorgeous draped in snow; you’ll tromp past oak, birch, beech, maple, eastern hemlock, white pine, mountain laurel, and even the sweetbay magnolia (uncommon around here).

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Gloucester
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations
Driving Directions: Directions to Ravenswood Park Trail

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Apr 2018