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Address: Prospect Road, Andover, MA 01810
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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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Great trails for all abilities but be aware-you have to pay to park here now!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
scarymary73
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Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Boston
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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).

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Thank dave d
Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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!

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Thank Janpaige
Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Kelly M
Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank mary j
Andover, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank miamonaco
Andover, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

A natural gem on the Andover/North Andover border - multiple environments, beautiful views, a bog pond, solstice stones, varied terrain, an orchard, and much more.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

One of our favorite walks - a number of ways to hike this place - a beautiful boardwalk that leads to a pond and back again, to a long, challenging hike up to Elephant Rock and then back up to Holt Hill (takes us about an hour) to just parking at the lot and walking up the paved path to... More 

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Northwood, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

We traveled to the Ward Reservation to find Holt Hill. As a descendant of Nicholas Holt I was interested in seeing where my ancestors started out. The views from the top of Holt Hill are breathtaking, and the trails are great for all ages. We will definitely make another trip to walk the trails during foliage season.

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