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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond
by Jenna Ringelheim (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)
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.
Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts
by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
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.
Snowshoe Routes: New England
by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers 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!
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston
This peaceful walk leads to scenic views from the shores of Lake Cochichewick and a meadow atop Weir Hill.
Best Hikes Near Boston
by Steve Mirsky (Falcon Guides)
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.
This was a nice easy going hike that I did with my 4 year old son. After the 1st 15 minutes the trail was mostly flat and we enjoyed being by the water for nearly the entire loop. Mostly shaded and very relaxing. Probably would be a great place to go canoeing as well.
Trails were not marked but I had a trail map and really didn't need markers. I had a great time and have no complaints whatsoever. RM Lister
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