Hardwood Forest, Wildlife Corridor & Links to State Forest
Echo and Elizabeth How Reservations | Ipswich
Property Description & History
The 33-acre Echo Reservation and the adjacent 17-acre Elizabeth How Reservation feature forested land and beautiful old New England stone walls that harken back to a day when the area was open pasture.
Part of this property contained the 17th century homestead of Elizabeth How, who was tried and found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem Witch hysteria.
Trails from each parking area connect to an extensive trail system that is part of the abutting Willowdale State Forest, where adventurous hikers can access miles of trails.
Wide trails make for easy hiking or cross-country skiing as they wind through a hardwood upland on a relatively flat terrain.
Flora & Fauna
Mature woodlands, a beaver pond and a large wetland characterize the landscape. In places the thick canopy creates perfect conditions for lush patches of ferns. The beaver-influenced wetland is notable for its open water and standing dead trees.
White-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, mink and beaver inhabit the woods. It is an excellent destination to bird watch for spring migrants, as well as winter owls and wild turkey.
From Route 1 North/Linebrook Road: Turn left onto Linebrook Road. Trailhead and parking 1.2 miles ahead on left.
From Route 1 South/Linebrook Road: Turn right onto Linebrook Road. Trailhead and parking 1.2 miles ahead on left.
For The Elizabeth How Reservation, trailhead and parking are 0.2 miles further ahead on left.
From Route 95/Exit 53 Route 97: Go south on Route 97. In 1.0 mile, turn left onto Boxford Rd (this section also called Linebrook Rd). In 1.0 mile, Linebrook Rd enters from right. Continue straight (the road is now Linebrook Rd). In 0.5 miles, bear right to continue on Linebrook Rd. Trailhead and parking are 0.1 miles ahead on right. For The Elizabeth How Reservation, go back 0.2 miles - parking on left.
Roadside pull-off parking by the property sign for 1-2 vehicles.
Tell us about your visit.
Town: Ipswich Total Acres: 50 Year Conserved: 1997 & 2015 Difficulty: Easy
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.