Friends of North Andover Trails is a not-for-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preserving and supporting North Andover's public trail system. Working closely with local conservationists, town representatives and land owners, our members volunteer their time to:

  • Identify new trail opportunities and community projects.
If you would like to join our organization, please join onlinecontact us, or join in person at our next meeting.  To stay informed about volunteer opportunities and local trail news, sign up for our email newsletter or like us on Facebook.

Friends of North Andover Trails operates under the umbrella of the North Andover Improvement Society, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1885 and devoted to preserving the natural beauties and history of North Andover.

A draft of the newly updated North Andover Open Space Plan is now available.

Guided Hike and Trail Grand Opening at Boston Hill, June 15, 2014

September Monthly Group Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 6:00PM

Location: 113 Andover St

Discussion of projects and events.

New members are always encouraged to attend.

September Trail Work Day: Shawsheen River Trail

Date:  Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00AM

Location:  89 Greene St. North Andover 

Come help clear the Shawsheen River Trail. We'll have line trimmers and plenty of hand tools for cutting back vegetation.  Bring gloves and loppers if you have them.

This all-volunteer event is free and open to the public. Bring gloves if you have them. Boots and long pants are recommended.

Meet at the parking area at the end of Greene Street.

History Hike: Cold War North Andover

Date:  Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00PM

Location:   744 Sharpners Pond Road, North Andover

In 1968, the Defense Department selected North Andover for the nation's first Sentinel Anti-Ballistic Missile base. Join Friends of North Andover Trails and the North Andover Historical Society on a guided hike of Boxford State Forest and "the missile site", while learning about the area's rich history, what's left behind, and what could have been.

Meet at 1pm at the parking area at the intersection of Sharpners Pond Rd and Forest St.  Our walks are free and family friendly, and will take about two hours.  Heavy rain cancels.  Dogs must be leashed.


What's New on FONAT.ORG
Boston Hill
(3.8 MB PDF)


Cold War North Andover Hike Flier
The history behind the Sentinel ABM site.
(34 MB PDF)
Woodchuck Hill
(1.7 MB PDF)

Shawsheen River
(7 MB PDF)

Town Farm Forest &
Farnsworth Reservation
(10 MB PDF)