"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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!" Read more
"This peaceful walk leads to scenic views from the shores of Lake Cochichewick and a meadow atop Weir Hill." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more