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

October Monthly Group Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 6:00PM

Location: 113 Andover St

Discussion of projects and events.

New members are always encouraged to attend.

November Trail Work Day: Farnsworth Reservation

Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00AM

Location:  700 South Bradford St. North Andover 

Join Essex County Greenbelt and Friends of North Andover Trails in building a new section of trail at Greenbelt’s Farnsworth Reservation on South Bradford Street.  

Meet at the trail head sign on South Bradford, near Lancaster Circle.

Refreshments will be provided.

History Hike: Harold Parker State Forest and the CCC

Date:  Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00PM

Location:   305 Middleton Road, North Andover

Harold Parker has a rich history spanning 98 years.  Throughout the 1930s, three Civilian Conservation Corps work camps constructed numerous dams, ponds and recreation areas, much of which can still be seen today.  Join former park interpreter Bob Anderson as he shares his extensive knowledge of our state forest past and present, including a guided walk around Stearns Pond.

We'll meet at the forest headquarters on Middleton Rd, and depart at 1pm. 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)