Scouts Clear New Trail at Whittier Hill Reservation
A loop trail has been added at Greenbelt’s Whittier Hill Reservation, through the leadership of an Amesbury Eagle Scout, for hikers making their way to take in the spectacular view of the bucolic hills and valley below.
Before the work of Matt Freeman, of Troop 4 in Amesbury, a one-way trail through towering oaks and white pines led walkers to the ridge line at the top of Whittier Hill.
Mike Carbone, Greenbelt’s Assistant Director of Land Stewardship, worked with Matt to lay out the new loop trail and flag it. In mid-August, Matt, his family, and other members of Troop 4 spent two days clearing the trail.
Freeman’s project at Whittier Hill was part of his work needed to obtain the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. It is the highest achievement for members of the Boy Scouts of America, with only four percent of scouts ever reaching this rank.
The trail system climbs a route that had evolved from a Native American path to carriage road to trail in the town’s history. The hill was named for ancestors of famed abolitionist and Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier.
The 21-acre Whittier Hill Reservation, an important link in Amesbury’s conservation corridor, was permanently preserved in 2016 with the successful completion of a community-based fundraising campaign.
In addition to preserving important forests and woodlands, it provided public access where none legally existed.
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.