Major Trail Systems

Andover Conservation Commission Land

AVIS Reservations

Massachusetts dcr

Town of Andover Land

Trustees of the Reservations

Other Land


Donating to the ATC

The Andover Trails Committee has recently become an official 501c3 organization, which means that donations to our group are tax deductible. We hope you'll consider donating. Funds are used almost exclusively to purchase trail project materials, such as lumber, bolts. etc. Visit our Projects tab to see examples!

New Andover Bike Loops!

If you are looking for information on the newly established 10-mile and 25-mile bike loops in Andover, download the maps and detailed cue sheets here!

SIGN UP NOW! The 2015 Andover Challenge!

The Andover Trails Committee wants 2015 to be the year when residents get outside and enjoy our town's trails, rivers, and lakes.

The Andover Outdoor Challenge is to complete the following during 2015:

-Hike the Bay Circuit Trail across Andover
-Paddle the navigable section of the Shawsheen River in Andover
-Bike across Andover
-Cross-country ski or snowshoe to the top of Holt Hill highest points in Essex County
-Swim, fish, or paddle in Field, Fosters, and Pomps Ponds.
-Mountain bike 5 miles of trails in Harold Parker State Forest.

To sign up and then track your progress, visit the 2015 Andover Challenge Signup Page

We also encourage you to visit and 'like' the Andover Trails Committee Facebook Page for regular updates, including trip tips, advice on access points, route recommendations and more. Please note that you are your own judge and guide. Enjoy yourself and do not get hurt.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to David Bunting at

Trail Maps and Guidebook

The fourth edition of The Andover Trails Guide is available in local stores or direct from the Andover Trails Committee, which co-produced this extremely handy guidebook to Andover's walking trails.

The guidebook includes introductions to several organizations which preserve and protect our open spaces, trailways, and other environmental and cultural treasures, along with extensive maps, trail descriptions, and other useful information on more than 30 publicly accessible properties.

Copies of the guidebook can be purchased by mail. Send a check for $14.95 plus $1.50 S&H to:

Andover Trails Committee
c/o David Bunting
3 Wagon Wheel Road
Andover, MA 01810

Permitted and Non-Permitted Uses

In general, all Andover trail areas are open to the public from dawn to dusk. All areas and trails listed allow hiking, running, and cross-country skiing.

Bicycles: AVIS properties do not allow mountain bikes because they damage fragile trails. On all properties, mountain bikers should consider the condition of the trails before using them. Wet trails are easily ruined for all users by mountain bike ruts.

Motorized transport: None of the properties allow motorized vehicles on any of the trails.

Fires should not be built on any of these lands.

Camping is allowed in season only in Harold Parker State Forest campground. Scout groups may contact AVIS or Andover Conservation Commission for camping permits on selected properties.

Hunting: For the most updated information on hunting in Andover, please visit this Town of Andover web page:

Fishing in any inland waters requires a state license.