Ravenswood Park

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Ravenswood Park, enjoyed for more than a century by residents of Gloucester and surrounding towns, offers a peaceful place for an outing, with almost 10 miles of trails and carriage paths. This mixture of woodlots, old pastures, and swamp was originally owned by businessman and philanthropist Samuel Sawyer. Upon his death in 1889, Sawyer left the land with an endowment and instructions that the park “be laid out handsomely with drive-ways and pleasant rural walks.” Ravenswood Park retains its originally intended ambiance and remains a fine place to take a hike with your dog. From the trailhead, follow the wide gravel path called the Old Salem Road. To the left you will see a trail that leads to the Great Magnolia Swamp, home to native sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana). You and your dog will enjoy weaving through the glacial erratics, boulders that were left in this area at the end of the last ice age. After marker 21, your pup can sip from the stream that leads to Buswell Pond.
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

by Jenna Ringelheim (The Mountaineers Books)

Ravenswood Park, enjoyed for more than a century by residents of Gloucester and surrounding towns, offers a peaceful place for an outing, with almost 10 miles of trails and carriage paths. This mixture of woodlots, old pastures, and swamp was originally owned by businessman and philanthropist Samuel Sawyer. Upon his death in 1889, Sawyer left the land with an endowment and instructions that the park “be laid out handsomely with drive-ways and pleasant rural walks.” Ravenswood Park retains its originally intended ambiance and remains a fine place to take a hike with your dog.

From the trailhead, follow the wide gravel path called the Old Salem Road. To the left you will see a trail that leads to the Great Magnolia Swamp, home to native sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana). You and your dog will enjoy weaving through the glacial erratics, boulders that were left in this area at the end of the last ice age. After marker 21, your pup can sip from the stream that leads to Buswell Pond.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gloucester
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations
Local Maps: USGS Gloucester
Driving Directions: Directions to Ravenswood Park

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