Breakheart Reservation

Saugus, Massachusetts 1906

Breakheart Reservation

Breakheart Reservation Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With hardwood forests, two lakes, seven rocky outcroppings, and a rambling section along the Saugus River, the 640-acre Breakheart Reservation is loved by many a dog from the Boston area.

The natural resources that are part of the reservation were once utilized by Native Americans to provide shelter, tools, and food. A miserable Civil War soldier stationed at this isolated location gave the park its current name. Today, an extensive trail system through the woodlands offers a variety of hiking opportunities, and an off-leash dog park named Bark Place provides an area for socializing with doggie friends."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"This walk leads to a variety of features, including the Saugus River and its associated wetlands, an outcropping, rocky hills, and ponds. For history buffs, the place to go is the Old Stone Church, located on the shores of the reservoir just off Route 140 about 200 yards past where it splits from Route 12. Hiking is allowed in any area that is not posted. The entrances currently open are gates 6 to 16 along Route 70, gates 17 to 24 along Route 140, and gates 25 to 35 along Routes 12 and 110. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is permitting skiing and snowshoeing on portions of the eastern shore along Route 70 (gates 7 to 15) on a trial basis." Read more

Breakheart Reservation Reviews

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Great views, pet friendly, a lot of bike paths and hidden trails with some interesting bridges etc. Friendly atmosphere and swimming/picnics in summertime with some planned campfires and sugaring and movie nights for kids. Guided trails as well for certain dates and times -- also some for parents with strollers/babies.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Spring through Fall
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Boston
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Dec 2018