A woodland trail, with Chadwick Pond shimmering beyond, beckons visitors to explore this natural haven.
Rich in diverse and rare species habitat, the permanently protected Bailey Reservation helps keep the region’s critical ecosystems intact and healthy.
There's a great deal of beaver activity to see - new and old -- which makes it a fun spot to take kids.
This 21.7-acre Reservation, donated in 2017, was the second gift from Janis Bailey and her late husband Perley, whose desire it was to see all of the family’s land protected.
The easy and short one-quarter mile trail takes hikers through the woodlands and leads to a view of Chadwick Pond.
Through October 22nd, kids and parents can enjoy a StoryWalk (TM) along the trail, featuring Kate Messner's children's book "Over and Under the Pond!" This adventure is made possible in partnership with Haverhill Public Library's Head of Youth Services, Chance Joyner.
Follow the read-aloud video with Chance as you meander through the trail marked with storybook pages. But first, be sure to stop at the Haverhill Public Library to borrow Greenbelt's Exploration Kit, including magnifying specimen jars, magnifying glass, underwater viewers, insect ID book and Greenbelt Guide. Have fun!
In 2012, the Bailey’s first gift to Greenbelt was a Conservation Restriction on their farm across Kingsbury Avenue, protecting 60.7 acres of privately-owned wetlands, forest and farmland.
Today, the Bailey Reservation is an essential part of a broader “greenbelt” of conserved land, including 43 acres of Haverhill drinking water supply land and more than 270 acres of protected woods and farmland.
Together, these protected lands help ensure that Chadwick Pond - a back-up drinking water supply for Haverhill and a popular destination for fishing and paddling - remains safeguarded from pollution.
From Haverhill, Kingsbury Avenue intersects with Route 125. Traveling west on Route 133 in West Boxford turn right onto Main Street (near the Congregational Church) which becomes Kingsbury Avenue in Haverhill. Traveling east on Route 133, turn left onto Main Street.
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Town: Haverhill Total Acres: 22 Year Conserved: 2017 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.