Catch a glimpse of elusive wildlife within this classic New England mix of wooded upland and wetlands. Purgatory Swamp is a large red maple swamp and a haven for wildlife. Bruin Hill is a wooded upland with trails accessible from Winter Street.
The landscape shows the unmistakable influence of continental glaciations. This is most notable in the presence of a number of oval-shaped hills or drumlins, as well as many irregularly shaped swamps and bogs resulting from the disrupted drainage patterns.
For a pleasant 1.3 mile trail loop, begin at South Bradford Street, cross boardwalk and continue around the loop trail.
The Farnsworth Reservation is named for the land donor, Hebert Farnsworth, a pioneer in an industry that would revolutionize American eating habits by bringing cold storage technology to the seafood industry.
Flora & Fauna
Trails lead through mixed hardwood and softwood stands of red oak and white pine, as you pass numerous vernal pools and cross through wooded wetland dominated by alders, red maple and skunk cabbage.
In spring, look for salamander and frog activity around the vernal pools. Deer are common and great horned owls may nest in the large white pines. Spring and fall are marked by migrant birds.
Go north on Route 97. In 0.2 miles, turn left onto Service Road. In 0.5 miles, turn right onto Ipswich Road. In 4.8 miles, continue on Dale Street. In 1 mile, turn left onto Coventry Lane. In 0.5 miles, turn right onto South Bradford Street. Trailheads and parking are 0.1 and 0.25 miles ahead on the left. Park on shoulder of road.
From Route 95/Exit 53/Route 97N:
Go north on Route 97. In 0.2 miles, turn left onto Service Road. In 0.5 miles, turn right onto Ipswich Road. In 4.8 miles, continue on Dale Street. In 0.1 mile, turn left onto Winter Street. Trailhead and parking are 0.6 miles ahead on the right. Park on shoulder of road.
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Town: North Andover Total Acres: 212 Year Conserved: 1972 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.