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Contact: Conservation Office at 978-948-2330 

Five Goals of the Rowley Open Space and Recreation Committee

• Preserve and protect the Town’s natural resources.
• Preserve and protect the Town’s water resources.
• Preserve and protect the Town’s scenic quality and rural character.
• Provide diverse recreation opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities.
• Educate residents about the availability, use, and protection of the Town’s open space and recreation resources.

The achievement of these goals will require commitment by a large number of entities including Town boards and commissions, schools, non-profit organizations, and volunteers. The need for cooperation and coordination among entities will be essential to the successful implementation of this plan. Plan implementation must be an ongoing and evolving process with continued public input under the leadership of the Open Space Committee.


"Get Outdoors!" Backpacks available at the Rowley Public Library

The Friends of the Rowley Public Library and the Rowley Open Space Committee invite you to get outside and explore our local trails and natural spaces with newly available "Get Outdoors!" backpacks. Each backpack, available for one-week circulation with your library card, includes a trail guide, clipboard and field notebook, binoculars, a magnifying glass, BINGO and scavenger hunt cards, and much more! Check them out before summer ends, or take advantage of the cooler fall weather to spend time on the trails!

Stay Safe While Enjoying the Outdoors this Autumn

Note: Oct. 1 : Archery Deer Season opens. * Essex County is Wildlife Mgt. Zone #10

With its dazzling colors, crisp air, and wildlife activity, fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors. Whether your passion is hiking, hunting, fishing, birding, or just taking in the scenery, a few safety reminders will add to your enjoyment during a day in the field.

- Wear blaze orange for visibility. Whether you're a hunter, hiker, or dog walker in rural areas, it's a good idea to wear a highly visible blaze orange a cap or vest while you're enjoying the great outdoors. 

-  Licensed sportsmen and women are reminded to take the basics of hunter safety to heart. Treat every firearm as it were loaded, keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times. Positively identify your target and what lies beyond it.

- Watch the weather. New England weather is notorious for quick changes. Be ready with an extra layer of clothing, warm hat and gloves.

- Expect the unexpected. No one expects problems while spending a day outdoors, but being ready with a few first aid items, matches, water, pocket knife, cell phone, map, compass, whistle, extra food, and flashlight can help prevent small problems from becoming big ones.

- Respect the water. Canoeists and kayakers are required to wear life jackets from September 15 to May 15, but all water enthusiasts, especially anglers who wade into larger rivers, would be wise to wear floatation devices now that water and air temperatures are cool.

- Respect other outdoor users. Mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, hunting, and hiking are not mutually exclusive activities. Know the hunting seasons and who is likely to be sharing the woods and waters with you. Keep dogs under control and respect outdoor users' rights to enjoy our open spaces.

Outdoor activities are among the safest recreational pursuits available. By using a little common sense, they'll stay that way.



Hunsley Hills Trail Map  Located at 544 Haverhill Street aka Route 133 across from the Police Department. Trailhead parking for 5+ cars on the eastbound side of 133. {Please note that the entry sign was damaged in a recent storm). Hunsley Hills is a glacial drumlin with hilly woodland trails. There are 3 well marked trails that head up the hill and 1 trail that is on level ground and heads back toward 133 to Erias park. * Please keep pets on leash.  (3)

Pingree Farm Conservation Area (no trail map) - The property at 29 Boxford Road consists of 60+ acres and has two trails; ine is the remnants of an old road; the other cuts through the woods near an old house foundation. Parking for 6+ cars. The western parcel consists of open fields and connects with the Georgetown-Rowley State Forest. No parking at the west parcel. * Please keep pets on leash. (2)

Dodge Reservation - Parking at Erias Park off Route 133 or 390 Whethersfield Street  at the Y entrance. Parking at Erias 30+ cars and 3 spots at the Whethersfield Y entrance. 2+ miles of well marked trails, with fields, wetland and wooded views. * Pleasekeep pets on leash. (1A & 1B)


Arthur Ewell Trail Map (courtesy of Essex County Greenbelt) Located at 843 Haverhill Street aka, Route 133 near Boxford Road. Trailhead parking for 3+ cars on the westbound side of 133. Walk through the open horse field to access the trail. This property consists of fields and white pine stands on Upper Mill Pond. (5)

Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Map (courtesy of Mass Audubon). Located off of route 1A. Turn down Patmos Road and follow the road to the parking lot. Ample parking. 1.6 miles of well marked trails through coastal woodlands. Portions of the trail are often wet (pay attention to tides) but the entire area is great for bird watching. **No pets allowed on the trails. Pets are welcome along the road. (7)

Georgetown Rowley State Forest Trail Map (courtesy of DCR) Parking is at the end of Pingree Farm Road off Route 97 (Georgetown MA access). Parking for 10+ cars. 1,000+ acre forest with extensive trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, running, dog walking and cross country skiing in winter months. (4)

Hood Pond and Cleveland Farms Trail Map area of Willowdale Greater Trail System (courtesy of DCR). Explore 40 miles of trails, plus Hood Pond. Turnoff parking in two locations on Ipsiwch Road and one turnout location on Linebrook Road. (8)

Prospect Hill (courtesy of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission) Located at 110 Haverhill Street aka Route 133 near Bradford Street. Parking is on eastbound side of 133. Parking for 3+ vehicles. The highest of the 5 Rowley hills with walking and bike trails. (6)



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