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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Dry
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      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.

      What makes the Ward Reservation a special place?
      Credit Mabel Ward for her foresight, generosity, and enduring love. In 1940, seven years after the death of her husband, Charles W. Ward, she paid tribute to his memory and their union by making an original donation of 153 acres to The Trustees. In ensuing years, the Ward family and others have made additional gifts; the reservation now totals 700 acres.

      Trails link three major hills – Shrub, Boston, and Holt – and looking out from their summits you can see how the property melds with the surrounding landscape. The “Solstice Stones” mark the grassy summit of Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County. This compass-like arrangement of stones indicates the cardinal points on the compass, the points of the summer and winter solstices, and the points of the spring and autumnal equinoxes.

      At the base of Holt Hill, step onto a boardwalk that leads to Pine Hole Pond, at which point you may ask: Is this water or land? In fact, you are walking across a rare quaking bog, comprised of concentric rings of floating vegetation, each with unique growing conditions. The bog is home to a number of interesting plant species, including orchids and insect-eating pitcher plants. Stop at the numbered stations along the way, each of which signals an interesting botanical or geologic feature. Pick up an interpretive booklet at the bulletin board to follow numbered stations along the boardwalk and learn more about this rare natural phenomenon.

      Trails
      Almost 10 miles of trails, easy-to-moderate hiking, strenuous in places. Some of the trails here are part of the Bay Circuit Trail, a regional greenway linking the North Shore and South Shore.

      When to Visit
      Year-round, daily, 8am to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Prospect Road Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Most people ride to Ward Reservation from Harold Parker State Forest. It does, however, have two parking areas of its own, one on Prospect Road near the Bog Trail Board Walk and one at Brightview.
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      State Ranking
      #198
      Trails (view details)
      72
      Trails Mountain Bike
      67
      Trails Hike
      72
      Trails Trail Running
      72
      Total Distance
      22 miles
      Total Descent
      3,384 ft
      Total Vertical
      251 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      419 ft
      Photos
      4
      Ridden Counter
      309

      Photos of Ward Reservation Mountain Bike

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      Mar 26, 2019 @ 2:12pm
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      Mar 26, 2019 @ 11:49am
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      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1100469tosgoodaddridelogJun 14, 2019 ride log
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 3:47pm
      Jun 14, 2019
      user #1749427Red0rideaddridelogMay 20, 2019 ride log
      Jun 14, 2019 @ 4:50am
      Jun 14, 2019
      user #1100469tosgoodaddridelogJun 8, 2019 ride log
      Jun 8, 2019 @ 8:48am
      Jun 8, 2019
      user #1770331BorisdavimpeladdridelogJun 5, 2019 ride log
      Jun 5, 2019 @ 4:52pm
      Jun 5, 2019
      user #267580airtymaddridelogJun 4, 2019 ride log
      Jun 4, 2019 @ 4:07pm
      Jun 4, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Harold Parker State Forest 5 79 242.4 km
      Boxford State Forest4.8 km
      Wildcat Forest 7 95.1 km
      100 Acre Wood 14 46.4 km
      Baldpate Pond 12 46.9 km

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