Ravenswood Park Trail

Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931

Ravenswood Park Trail

Ravenswood Park Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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)."

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Trail Information

Gloucester
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.8
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
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Jul 2018