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Ward Reservation

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Address: Prospect Road, Andover, MA 01810

Climb a hill for great views extending from the surrounding Merrimack...

Climb a hill for great views extending from the surrounding Merrimack Valley to the Boston skyline, or explore this sprawling landscape along almost 10 miles of trails.

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Amazing view, great for kids and dogs, $5 to park

I had a great visit to Holt Hill today, taking a hike with my son and dog. The hike up to the summit where the solstice rocks are located is rather short and pretty easy. The... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Beverly, Mass.
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Beverly, Mass.
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

I had a great visit to Holt Hill today, taking a hike with my son and dog. The hike up to the summit where the solstice rocks are located is rather short and pretty easy. The entire property is large and there are opportunities for much more walking and hiking. I wish everyone who pick up their dog's poop -... More 

Thank soxskier
Andover, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great Park, usually quiet with multiple trails, great if you are looking for a nice walk with or without a dog. Wider trails have some bike traffic, but I only run into a one or two bikers during my walk. Nice walks, get great view of ponds, mostly flat. Watch out for beavers!

1 Thank anka851
Andover, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Ward reservation is a sprawling range of mixed wood forests, rolling hills and scenic views. With trails ranging from easy to intermediate, it's a great destination for families and folks just looking to get in a nice nature walks. In the summer evenings, it's common to find yourself listening to the sounds of hooting owls. By day, you're sure to... More 

2 Thank Tim D
Boston, Massachusetts
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have visited this parking area many times but was surprised to find that they charge you to park here now! I hadn't been here since last fall so I'm not sure when this came to be?? I am saddened by this though because for many years it was free for all to enjoy. I'll leave it at that. The... More 

Thank scarymary73
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Beautiful walks through meadows, woods and to the beautiful hidden bog pond, accessible over a long Boardwalk. From the higher elevations is a wonderful view of Boston in the distance.

Thank Ron H
Bradford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Went for a great run in the woods of Boston Hill, Holt Hill and Scrub hill. I mixed it up running on the narrow trails and woods roads. I hadn't been on the Margaret's trail and it was worth the trip. Great place for a short or long hike and some unusual stuff (bog, solstice stones, views of Boston).

Thank dave d
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Easy hike for the kiddos and dogs. New England views and lots of birds to see. Birdwatchers and nature lovers will enjoy this place. Bring a picnic lunch or a frisbee and enjoy the outdoors!

Thank Janpaige
Andover, Massachusetts
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This reservation offers beautiful views of a bog pond some solstice stones and even meadows. And once at the top on clear day you can see the Boston skyline. The terrain is varied with hills. It can get buggy for sure but it is a wonderful find on the Andover/North Andover border.

Thank Kelly M
Andover, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Great hike, fun to do with kids. Neat little boardwalk to bog. Nice views of Boston. Can get buggy so bring bug spray. Can be wet after rain.

Thank mary j
Andover, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Love this place for a quick walk with the dog or the kids. On a clear day you can see Boston and the meadows are fabulous when the trees are in bloom. Quite the nature ramble for little ones.

Thank miamonaco

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