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View the Open Space and Recreation Plan by clicking on the three links below:

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.



Join the Conservation Commission and Open Space Committe at the Dodge Reservation to perform trail maintenance. 

Get outside, Get involved, and enjoy some time on the trails!

9am-12pm (come for as little, or as long as you can.  We are meeting at
390 Weathersfield Street

Check back here in February for more information about timing, tools needed and trail information. 


The Town of Rowley - Open Space Committee 

Volunteers are needed for trail/property monitoring. To help, please call the Conservation office at 978-948-2330. 

Report any changes to the trails (downed trees, overgrown trails, or general areas in need of maintenance) by listing the date/time and area you visited. 

Help maintain and protect your favorite trails. 


Hunsley Hills Trail Map  Located on 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. 

Arthur Ewell Trail Map (courtesy of Essex County Greenbelt) Located on 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. 

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 but the entire area is great for bird watching. 

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. 

Hood Pond and Cleveland Farms Trail Map area of Georgetown Rowley State Forest (courtesy of DCR)

Dodge Reservation Parking at Erias Park off Route 133 or Whethersfield Road 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. 

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



PO Box 275, 139 Main Street, Rowley, MA 01969
Board of Selectmen: 978-948-2372
Town Administrator: 978-948-2705

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