A woodland trail, with Chadwick Pond shimmering beyond, beckons visitors to explore this natural haven.
Prior to European contact, Eastern Woodland Indians known as Algonquians fished in the pond—a spring-fed body of water that at one time was both larger due to ice melt at the end of the last glacial period and part of the drainage system contributing to the Merrimack River.
At the time of contact, the Algonquians here were known as the Pentucket, an expansion of the Pennacook people of southern New Hampshire and the lower Merrimack Valley. The Pentucket had villages on both sides of the Merrimack in the Haverhill area. They trapped beavers and spearfished bass, pickerel, and sunfish from their canoes in Chadwick Pond and other water bodies along the Merrimack.
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 (felled trees and saplings) - 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.
Flora & Fauna
Hardwood trees are upland along the shoreline of Chadwick Pond. Waterfowl are abundant on the pond, especially wood ducks. Spring migrant warblers are plentiful.
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