Major Trail Systems
Andover Conservation Commission Land
Town of Andover Land
Trustees of the Reservations
The property contains stands of white pine and red oak trees, as well as other species of trees and shrubs. The land has been disturbed by previous owners for the removal of large quantities of gravel which underlay the property. The pine groves provide a comfortable camping spot as the pine needles provide a natural cushion under sleeping bags. Further down the old wood road and to the left there is a large upland where the pine groves continue down to the river’s edge.
Trail to the property crosses a live rail line. Caution should be used in crossing the tracks. Watch for the engine.
In 2001 Andover Town meeting voted to acquire the old Reichhold Chemical property on Lowell Junction Rd. along the banks of the Shawsheen River. In the fall of 2007 the Conservation Commission made a commitment to develop the parcel into a picnic and camping area. Clues began to surface that the area at one time had another very different life. The first give-away was the existence of an old diving board jutting out into the river. An area map showed an odd square parcel right in the middle. Land disturbances told of previous activities.
In addition to two boat put-ins, there are 4 fire pits, picnic tables, and a pavilion on the site. Supervised family camping, led by Conservation personnel, is help on a monthly basis during the season. The area is also available to community groups such as Boy and Girl Scout troops with advanced permission. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Conservation office.