Weir Hill is a hiking and biking trail in North Andover, Massachusetts. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 165 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 334 feet. The Weir Hill Reservation forest and Weir Hill (elevation 308 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Weir Hill Professional Reviews and Guides
"Gentle slopes and scenic vistas of Lake Cochichewick make Weir Hill (historically pronounced “wire hill”) a great place to visit. Because of its unique history, Weir Hill supports a patchwork of ten types of plant communities, including a 60-acre oak-hickory forest, wet meadows, intermittent streams, and a wide range of wildflowers. With 4 miles of hiking trails, it is a popular destination for dogs and their owners, but it is quite common for hikers to travel solo on the trails, which offer a serene place to spend an afternoon."
--Jenna Ringelheim, Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Weir Hill is a two-peaked drumlin rising between Stevens Pond and the 2-mile-long Lake Cochichewick. This hike crosses the hilltop meadow, then drops 200 feet to trace the peninsula’s perimeter. The town of North Andover has more than 3,000 acres of preserved open space, offering sweeping views and quiet trails."
--Benjamin B. Ames, Hiking Massachusetts (Falcon Guides).
"Weir Hill Reservation combines the best of woodlands, fields, and water. A hiker gets treated to views not only from the hilltop but also from the shores of beautiful Lake Cochichewick, a water-supply reservoir. The reservation got its name from the fish weirs the Indians once constructed in nearby Cochichewick Brook. The weir (usually a woven fence) would trap migrating fish on their way to the lake. Weir Hill is one of the few reservations where you can reach a scenic vista in just a ten-minute walk. Highlights: Lake, pond, hilltop views."
--Michael Tougias, Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"During the warmer months, Lake Cochichewick is abuzz with activity. Students from the nearby Brooks School ply the waters of the 592-acre lake in sailing dinghies or sculls, while residents jog the lakeside trails or ramble about with their rambunctious canines. In winter, though, it’s a snow-hushed and peaceful scene, with just a few diehard dog-walkers on the trails and lakeside footpaths. Set on a 200-foot double drumlin, this gentle walk offers lovely views of surrounding hills at its highest point, then scoops into woodlands and follows the lakeshore of Cochichewick. It’s perfect for kids, who are always the first to spot rabbit tracks in the snow, or an owl standing sentry on a tree limb-both common occurrences here!"
--Diane Bair & Pamela Wright, Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"This peaceful walk leads to scenic views from the shores of Lake Cochichewick and a meadow atop Weir Hill."
--Michael Tougias, AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Once part of a 500-acre estate built by nineteenth-century industrialist Moses Stevens, this route encompasses a distinct mix of wide-open meadow views of Lake Cochichewick and dense forest bordering the water’s edge. This reservation was named after the fish weirs (woven fences) that natives used in nearby Cochichewick Brook to trap fish swimming toward the lake."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides).
"Touring land that was once the estate of a 19th-century industrialist, this hike circles the base of a massive drumlin beside Lake Cochichewick and then climbs along its axis to reach a scenic vista atop a second conjoined drumlin.
An ideal time to visit Weir Hill is 1–1.5 hours before dusk to reach the hike’s scenic vista in time for sunset. From there, it’s a short, simple walk back to the parking area."
--Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
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