Willowdale Mill

Hamilton, Massachusetts

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Adjacent to the sprawling grounds of Bradley W. Palmer State Park lie the smaller, lesser-known trails of Willowdale Mill, a property of the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Once the site of a nineteenth-century textile mill, the land has reverted back to forest and offers the nature lover a pleasant walk along the banks of the Ipswich River. Wood ducks, screech owls, kingfishers, downy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and a variety of other birds can be observed here. Highlights: Riverside walk and old mill site.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

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Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Adjacent to the sprawling grounds of Bradley W. Palmer State Park lie the smaller, lesser-known trails of Willowdale Mill, a property of the Essex County Greenbelt Association.

Once the site of a nineteenth-century textile mill, the land has reverted back to forest and offers the nature lover a pleasant walk along the banks of the Ipswich River. Wood ducks, screech owls, kingfishers, downy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and a variety of other birds can be observed here. Highlights: Riverside walk and old mill site.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamilton
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Bradley W. Palmer State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Willowdale Mill

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