Want to stay indoors but still connect with nature? 


Powow River Conservation Area
Lake Gardner Beach, 79 High Street, Amesbury
Notes: Scenic views, trails

William Lloyd Garrison Trail
Multiple access points
Whittier Hill Reservation
Whitcher Court, Amesbury
Notes: Scenic views, dogs welcome, birding


Goldsmith Woodlands
491 S Main St, Andover
Notes: Trails
Ward Reservation
34 Prospect Rd, Andover
Notes: Trails, open space


Beverly Commons
Greenwood Ave, Beverly
Click here for additional info

Green's Hill
Multiple access points

J.C. Phillips Nature Preserve
Cabot Street Beverly (on Wenham Line)
Independence Park
52-30 Lothrop St, Beverly
Notes: Beach, open space

Norwood Pond
Multiple Access Points


Carter Fields
Carter Field Road, Boxford
Notes: Viewing platform, dogs welcome, birding, scenic views
Potters Farm
642 Main St, Boxford
Notes: Conservation land, trails


Choate Farm
401 Locust Street, Danvers

College Pond
8 Greenleaf Drive, Danvers

Danvers Rail Trail
Multiple access points

Danvers Town Forest
54R Buxton Road, Danvers
Ferncroft Pond
80 Ferncroft Road, Danvers

Proctor Farm
160 Conant Street, Danvers

West Street Canoe Launch
19 West Street, Danvers

Whipple Hill
57 Forest Street, Danvers


Agassiz Rock
398 Southern Ave, Essex

Allyn Cox Reservation
82 Eastern Avenue, Essex
Notes: Facilities are closed, viewing platform, dogs welcome, birding, scenic views
Click here for the Story Map
Manchester Essex Woods
399 Southern Ave, Essex

Stavros Reservation
1-15 Island Rd, Essex


Camp Denison Conservation Area
84 Nelson Street, Georgetown
Notes: Restroom facilities are open as of now but could change
Georgetown-Rowley State Forest
Route 97, Georgetown


Good Harbor Beach
99 Thatcher Rd, Gloucester

Harvey Reservation
Duley Street, Gloucester
Notes: Views of Ipswich Bay (including Crane Beach and Plum Island), dogs welcome, birding, scenic views

Ravenswood Park
481 Western Ave, Gloucester
Stoney Cove and Presson Point
Route 128, Gloucester
Notes: Successional forest, harbor views, vibrant habitat, birding, scenic views

Tompson Street Reservation
See notes about 5 different parking areas
Notes: Go to webpage for directions, Eagle Rock, Red Maple Swamp and Sunset Mountain, dog welcome, scenic views


Veasey Park
201 Washington Street, Groveland
Notes: Buildings closed


John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area
473 Sagamore Street, Hamilton
Notes: Interconnected trails, 270-acre reservation, dogs welcome, birding, scenic views

Vineyard Hill Reservation
656 Asbury Street, South Hamilton
Notes: Scenic trails, dogs welcome, birding
Willowdale Mill Reservation
Winthrop Street, Hamilton
Notes: Trails connecting to Bradley Palmer State Park, dogs welcome, birding


Baypoint Riverfront
Baypoint Lane, Haverhill
Notes: Small neighborhood park along Merrimack River, dogs welcome, birding

Crystal Gorge
537-801 Crystal St, Haverhill
Tattersall Farm
542 North Broadway, Haverhill
Notes: Walking paths, open space

Winnekenni Park Conservation Area
347 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill
Notes: Castle closed


Castle Hill Grounds
290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
Notes: Buildings are closed. New app available for self guided tours. 

Castle Neck River Reservation
107 Essex Road, Ipswich
Notes: Expansive views, explore trails and salt marsh, dogs welcome
Click here for the Story Map

(Limited Access) Crane Beach
Argilla Rd, Ipswich
Notes: Facilities are closed.

Hamlin Reservation
106 Argilla Rd, Ipswich
Julia Bird Reservation
Waldingfield Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

Sally Weatherall
Littleneck Road, Ipswich
Notes: Panoramic marsh views, Osprey nest observation, viewing platform, birding, scenic views

Sandy Point State Reservation
Parker River Wildlife Refuge Road, Ipswich
Notes: Facilities closed

Town Hill
Off of Spring Street, Ipswich

Ipswich River (for Kayaking)
Multiple access points
Notes: Can be accessed through others towns as well - visit the Ipswich River Watershed Association website for more information. 


Den Rock Park
Accessible from Stirling St, Andover (across from Market Basket plaza)
Spicket River Greenway
Multiple access points


Beyond Walls Murals
Multiple access points
Notes: visit www.beyond-walls.org/map for the self-guided walking tour and to view the murals online
Lynn Woods
106 Pennybrook Rd, Lynn


Singing Beach
Beach Street, Manchester


Crowninshield Island
Crowninshield Island, Marblehead
Notes: If accessing the island by foot, for maximum time, plan to arrive one hour before dead low tide and leave by one hour after.

Fort Sewall
Front Street, Marblehead
Gerry Island
Gerry Island, Marblehead
Notes: If accessing the island by foot, for maximum time, plan to arrive one hour before dead low tide and leave by one hour after.

Marblehead Rail Trail
Multiple access points


Marshview Trail
Multiple access points
Merrimac Town Forest
Multiple access points


Methuen Rail Trail
Multiple access points


Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation
1 Nahant Road, Nahant 


Jennie Lagoulis Reservation
82 Boston Road, off Route 1, Newbury
Notes: Self guided trail through pine forest past Devil's Den limestone quarries, dogs welcome, birding

Little River Trail Network
Multiple access points
Old Town Hill
Newman Rd, Newbury

Wet Meadows Viewing Platform
Scotland Road, Newbury
Notes: Viewing platform, birding, scenic views


Clipper City Rail Trail
Multiple access points; Art sculptures along the trail

Little River Trail Network
Multiple access points

Maudslay State Park
74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Rd, Newbury
Notes: Refuge is open (sunrise to sunset)

North Andover

Harold Parker State Forest
305 Middleton Road, North Andover

Leonhard Farm
Bruin Hill Road, North Andover
Notes: Woodland trail, scenic wetland, historic granite markers, dogs welcome, birding
Shawsheen River Trail
29 Loring St, North Andover

Weir Hill
57-65 Stevens St, North Andover


Independence Greenway
Multiple access points to bike/walking path


Halibut Point State Park
Gott Avenue at Rte 127, Rockport
Long Beach
Long Beach Road, Rockport


Mehaffey Farm Trail
Oppostie 212 Newbury Road, Rowley
Notes: Trail walking, dogs welcome, birding
Rough Meadows
Patmos Road, Rowley
Notes: Panoramic marsh views, wildlife viewing, five well-marked trails, birding, scenic views


Punto Urban Art Museum
Multiple access points
Notes: Visit their website for the self-guided walking tour and to view the murals online.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
160 Derby Street, Salem
Notes: While the Salem Armory Visitor Center, historic buildings, restroom facilities, and Friendship of Salem are closed, all park grounds remain open including the half mile walk out to the Salem Lighthouse.
Salem Woods/Forest River Conservation Area
Accessible via Willson St, Salem


Old Eastern Marsh Trail
Multiple access points
Notes: Great bike and walking path
Salisbury Beach State Reservation
State Reservation Road , Salisbury


Breakheart State Reservation
177 Forest Street, Saugus
Notes: Facilities are closed.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street, Saugus
Notes: The visitor Center, Museum, and building are closed, but park grounds remain open including the short half mile nature trail.


Bradley Palmer State Park
40 Asbury St, Topsfield
Notes: Facilities are closed.

Donibristle Reservation
Hill Street and Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield
Notes: Extensive trails, beautiful wooded hillside, dogs welcome, birding

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row, Topsfield
Topsfield Linear Common Trail
Multiple access points

Willowdale Meadow
Ipswich Road, Topsfield
Notes: Extensive trails that crisscross under a deep forest canopy, dogs welcome, birding

Willowdale State Forest
252 Ipswich Road, Topsfield


Danvers-Wenham SwampWalk
Access points off of Danvers Rail Trail

West Newbury

Artichoke Trail
433 Middle Street, West Newbury

Indian Hill Conservation Area
Indian Hill Street, West Newbury
Notes: Scenic views, dogs welcome, birding
Mill Pond Recreation Area
693 Main St, West Newbury


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