Since 2013, we've been leading guided hikes around town, usually on the second Sunday of each month. It's a great way to learn about our town's trails in a group setting.
Our hikes are free unless otherwise noted and family friendly. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to join the fun.
Come explore some less-visited sections of Ward Reservation with FONAT. Starting from the Boston Hill trail head at Brightview, we'll be visiting Rubbish Meadow, site of an active heron rookery, and Mars Swamp. The hike will last about 2 hours and promises fall foliage and marsh views.
NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for October 8th.
Come explore a small portion of Harold Parker State Forest. Harold Parker is a hidden gem, with a wide variety of trails accessible for hiking and biking. We will walk past beaver dams and ponds, traveling on a well-maintained forest trail, making our way first to the old soapstone quarry site and finally to the historic Jenkins Mill site.
For our June hike, we'll explore North Andover's Salem Pond. Far from the beaten path, Salem Pond is situated deep in Harold Parker State Forest, accessible only on foot. One of the forest's 9 man-made ponds, it was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s.
Join us on a guided hike exploring this 250 acres of woodlands and open fields overlooking Lake Cochichewick. Beginning at the Stevens mansion, we’ll hike down to the lake, identifying trees and plants along the way. The hike will continue to the summit of Osgood Hill where we’ll enjoy the view and refreshments.
Come explore the extensive trail network at Weir Hill with FONAT while learning a bit about the history of the hill and the town's original settlement. The hike should last about 2 hours and promises beautiful scenery as we hike along the lake and then ascend Weir Hill.
Come spend the entire afternoon exploring Boxford State Forest. For this hike, we're trying something a bit different— we'll hike for 4 hours instead of the usual 2 hours! See how beautiful the forest really is as you follow the Bay Circuit Trail across the Boxford border, through a large red pine plantation nicknamed of the "Enchanted Forest", over Bald Hill, to Crooked Pond and more.
Join Friends of North Andover Trails for an afternoon hike or snowshoe. We will begin at the Gallagher Field parking lot on Dale St, and start off through the Town Farm Forest, connecting to Greenbelt's Farnsworth Reservation. If there's sufficient snow cover, this will be a snowshoe event.