Upcoming Events


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Sunday
October 19th
Ward Reservation Ward Reservation Hike with the AMC!

Hike through woods and along stone walls. Boston and Holt Hills with solstice stones and view of the Boston skyline. Bring snack and water. Approximately 2.5 hours. Meet at 1:30pm, parking lot. I-93N Exit 41, Route 125N for 5 miles, turn right on Prospect Road and go 0.4 miles to parking on the right. Rain cancels, no dogs. L Ted Harney - send any questions to at
4hikes@gmail.com

Sunday
October 19th
Ward Reservation Fall Foliage Fun Day!

Let's meet on the top of Holt Hill at noon for a BBQ, guided hikes, and a day of family fun. Come take in the gorgeous colors of autumn at The Ward Reservation. Enjoy an afternoon of guided hikes to unexplored areas of the Ward Reservation, including a beaver wetland, gorge, blue heron rookery, and incredible vistas. There will be cider, apple cider donuts, and hot dogs for all to enjoy! Send any questions to Adam Rollfs at
arollfs@ttor.org

Sunday
November 2nd
Skug River Reservation and more! Al French's Loop History Hike!

The Andover Trails Committee and the Andover Historical Society have announced a great hike this fall, part of their ongoing hike series called Stories from the Trails. This hike series has featured both the natural beauty and unique geology of various Andover properties, as well as the colorful stories of the history related to each property and the surrounding area. This hike, which is free and open to the public, is Sunday, November 2nd at 1p, starting at the Skug River Reservation in Andover. Jane Cairns from the Andover Historical Society and Alan French will share colorful stories tied to the reservation and surrounding area. This hike consists of relatively easy walking and will take about 2.5 hours. Ample parking is available in the Skug River Reservation lot on Salem Street, and on Wagon Wheel Road, right around the corner.

Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see and hear about on the November 2nd hike: The woodlands and wetlands of the conservation properties along Al's Loop are now peaceful retreats, but in Andover's earliest years this area was heavily populated and bustling with productivity. Salem Street was a busy thoroughfare along which farmers delivered produce via ox-carts to markets in the county seat. The Skug River, now little more than a trickling stream, was harnessed by dozens of farmer/entrepreneurs to saw lumber, grind corn and process cloth. Vestiges of the land's former uses, including crumbling stone walls, the remains of a millrace and outcrops of quarried soapstone can still be seen. Equally fascinating are the twentieth-century stories, and Al's own recollections, of how these properties were acquired for their present recreational use and how (and for whom!) they were named.

Send any questions to David Bunting at
dbunting@andovertrails.org