Willowdale Road West is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Topsfield, Massachusetts. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 64 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 262 feet.
Willowdale Road West Professional Reviews and Guides
"Adjacent to the sprawling grounds of Bradley W. Palmer State Park lie the smaller, lesser-known trails of Willowdale Mill, a property of the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Once the site of a nineteenth-century textile mill, the land has reverted back to forest and offers the nature lover a pleasant walk along the banks of the Ipswich River. Wood ducks, screech owls, kingfishers, downy woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, and a variety of other birds can be observed here. Highlights: Riverside walk and old mill site."
--Michael Tougias, Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This hike explores the Pine Swamp of the popular Willowdale State Forest, taking a detour halfway through to travel along the Ipswich River to a scenic 19th century milldam."
--Helen Weatherall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston (Menasha Ridge Press).
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