Ward Reservation Trail

Essex County, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain175ft
Trailhead Elevation235ft
Elevation Min/Max235/273ft
Elevation Start/End235/235ft

Ward Reservation Trail

Ward Trail is a hiking trail in Ward Reservation, Essex County, Massachusetts. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 235 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 175 feet. This trail connects with the following: Margaret's Trail, Judy Family Trail and Old Chestnut Street.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides)
Steve Mirsky
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"Beginning through rolling meadows and farmland, you’ll quickly climb up to Holt Hill, where you’ll be treated to expansive views of the Boston skyline on the horizon as you stand amidst a ring of solstice stones. Soon you will be hiking deep into the forest fringing a large marsh with some spectacular birding opportunities. After walking briefly (about 200 feet) along Prospect Road through a residential area, you’ll begin climbing a hill toward a stand of large pines up ahead to your left. You’ll quickly turn right at a green metal gate up through the pines onto a footpath toward Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County, and the solstice stones. This path soon opens up onto a grass-covered wagon road within a hilly apple orchard mostly to your left up on a ridge."
Hiking Massachusetts (Falcon Guides)
Benjamin B. Ames
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"The reservation is split evenly by the Andover and North Andover town line, with drumlins on either side: Holt Hill in Andover and Boston and Shrub Hills in North Andover. The Cat Swamp lies between them, ensuring that your loop will feature a contrast of low and high ground."
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"A short nature trail leads to close-up views of a quaking bog, a fascinating natural place to see rare and unusual plant life. Then explore the Solstice Stones and enjoy the abundant wildlife and long scenic views on Holt Hill."
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"With amazing views of the city, miles of shaded trails, and a quaking bog, Ward Reservation is a great place to visit with your dog. A conglomerate of more than forty separate parcels of former farm and pasture land have been combined to make this 695-acre reservation with over 13 miles of trails, 17 miles of stone walls, and three hills (Shrub Hill, Boston Hill, and Holt Hill). The focal point of the Ward Reservation is 420-foot Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
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"Touring a nearly 700-acre parcel of former farmland and forest, this hike ascends Holt Hill for a view of the Boston skyline, leads around Cat Swamp and back to ascend Boston Hill, and then heads back toward the Ward farmstead. The Ward Reservation has a wide variety of trails, providing myriad hiking options, depending on your time and energy."

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Trail Information

Essex County
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The Trustees of Reservations, Beverly; (978) 682-3580; www .thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma/ward-reservation.html Pine Hole Bog Nature Trail pamphlet available from www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-to-visit/trailmaps/PineHoleBog.pdf
Local Contacts
USGS Lawrence, MA
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