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There is a 3 mile paved loop; great for strollers, bikes, etc. There are many unpaved trails as well. There is a playground and a pond for swimming, staffed with life guards in the summer. Parking is free. The Ranger Station as amenities, such as bathrooms, vending machines, neat exhibits.
See a schedule of this season's programs at Breakheart Reservation.
The supervised swimming area at Pearce Lake, one of the few fresh- water swimming spots north of Boston, draws crowds in the summer. In addition to its natural resources, the reservation has a rich cultural history.
Rangers conduct year-round programs that interpret the plant and animal life of the woods and ponds as well as reservation management issues and cultural themes of the reservation's past.
In the summer, most programs begin at the Pearce Lake swimming area. Many of the programs are suitable for children. Special school programs are offered in the spring.
Camp Nihan offers camping and day use throughout the year for schools and non-profit groups with a permit.
Forest Street, Saugus, map
From north or south: Take Rte. 1 to Lynn Fells Parkway exit, follow Lynn Fells Parkway a short distance, take a right onto Forest Street. Park entrance is after Kasabuski Rink.
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