John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area
John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area | Hamilton
The John J. Donovan Reservation and Sagamore Hill Conservation Area is an expansive natural wonderland, where you can walk, ride, run and ski over miles of interconnected trails. The land comprising this 270-acre reservation has a long and varied human history, beginning with Native American encampments, and agricultural use that began with early settlement and continues to this day. The open hilltop landscape offers extraordinary views to the mouth of the Essex River, Cape Ann and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
A Regional Greenbelt
In addition to the Donovan Reservation, Greenbelt secured six adjacent, donated conservation restrictions on privately-owned parcels in Hamilton, Essex and Ipswich that together create a 525-acre corridor of permanently protected land. The Sagamore Hill Conservation Area is a key linkage to thousands of acres of open space.
A Multi-partner Effort
An extraordinary, multi-partner effort helped Greenbelt successfully complete a $5.1M community-based fundraising campaign to acquire this iconic landscape for conservation. Greenbelt is grateful to the Donovan family who provided the time and opportunity to acquire their land for public benefit. Our sincere thanks goes to our partners and supporters of the project:
The Trust for Public Land
Hamilton Wenham Open Land Trust
Hamilton and Essex Residents via Community Preservation Act Funds
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
Landscape Partnership Program of the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
From Route 1A in Hamilton, take Moulton Street for about a mile. Turn left onto Sagamore Street.
From downtown Ipswich, take Route 133 East for about 2.5 miles looking for Candlewood Road on your right. Turn right onto Candlewood Road. Follow Candlewood for about a mile until it becomes Sagamore Street. Don't turn onto Sagamore Road!
From the center of Essex, take Route 133 West for about 3.5 miles looking for Candlewood Road on your left. , Turn left onto Candlewood Road. Follow Candlewood for about a mile until it becomes Sagamore Street. Don't turn onto Sagamore Road!
From Route 128, take Exit 18 and head on Route 22 North toward Essex for about 4.5 miles. Take a left onto Sagamore Street.
Tell us about your visit.
Town: Hamilton Total Acres: 525 Year Conserved: 2016 & 2017 Difficulty: Medium
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.