Drumlin Trail

Newbury, Massachusetts

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Expansive distant views of the Parker River estuary from a 168-foot-high glacial drumlin used for three centuries as a coastal landmark. Old Town Hill is one of several noncontiguous sites making up the Bay Circuit Walking Trail, which starts at Plum Island and ends in Duxbury south of Boston. This property is cared for by The Trustees of Reservations, founded in 1891—a conservation organization in Massachusetts. The sign at Old Town Hill reads: “A landmark for mariners. A self-guided walk for the curious walker.” Old Town Hill has been a landmark since 1635 when early settlers built a meetinghouse at its base. In 1639 they ordered “a way 4-feet broad from the green below to the top of Great Hill.” Native Americans called the area Quascacunquen for the falls on nearby Little River and reportedly had a burial ground here. Special Features: sweeping seacoast views from the partially cleared summit, rich variety of trees, and fall hawk migration lookout.
Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

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Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

by Julia Older & Steve Sherman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Expansive distant views of the Parker River estuary from a 168-foot-high glacial drumlin used for three centuries as a coastal landmark. Old Town Hill is one of several noncontiguous sites making up the Bay Circuit Walking Trail, which starts at Plum Island and ends in Duxbury south of Boston. This property is cared for by The Trustees of Reservations, founded in 1891—a conservation organization in Massachusetts. The sign at Old Town Hill reads: “A landmark for mariners.

A self-guided walk for the curious walker.” Old Town Hill has been a landmark since 1635 when early settlers built a meetinghouse at its base. In 1639 they ordered “a way 4-feet broad from the green below to the top of Great Hill.” Native Americans called the area Quascacunquen for the falls on nearby Little River and reportedly had a burial ground here. Special Features: sweeping seacoast views from the partially cleared summit, rich variety of trees, and fall hawk migration lookout.

©  Julia Older & Steve Sherman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newbury
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Old Town Hill Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Drumlin Trail

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