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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.


You are Welcome to Join the Open Space Committee this Saturday for Eath Day. We will be working on trails at Dodge. -  Find us at 9am at 390 Wethersfield Street. If you want to help, but can't join us, check out the attached link here for other town and community trail clean up events between April 21 and June 2.  

 The Ipswich River Watershed Association's annual Paddle-a-thon is coming up on June 16, 2018. It's a fun event with music, food and paddling. The event helps fund the Clean Water Program, which includes the RiverWatch monitoring program. 

If you are intested in participating. please check out this link

Reptiles and Amphibians -  Essex County GreenBelt Event (FREE)
June 16, 2018 4pm-6pm
Arthur Eewell Reservation - Rowley

Wetlands are a hotbed of activity in mid-June and the ECGA event will focus specifically on the amphibians and reptiles that make ponds and streams their home, looking for nesting turtles, tadpoles and snakes near the shoreline. 

Recommended ages 6 and up.

Please sign up and RSVP here


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. 

Check out, Like and Join - Friends of Rowley Open Space Facebook Group

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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. 

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.

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. 


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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 



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

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