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Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where youíll find remnants of Colonial habitation.
Ravenswood Park offers 600 acres for solitude and quiet contemplation of nature. Whether you prefer to surround yourself with snow-covered hemlocks, experience spring emerging in a burst of color and aroma, or escape the summerís heat Ė youíll find a refuge here. The park is a testament to one manís conservationist philosophy, and to all those who have cared for this special place.
With 10 miles of carriage paths and trails that meander through the park, you can find plenty of room to picnic, bird watch, walk, cross-country ski, and simply appreciate the outdoors. Children love the Ledge Hill Trail Ė a 2-mile round-trip walk among magical-looking, fern-covered boulders. You donít want to miss trekking to the overlook to Gloucester Harbor or traversing the boardwalk through the Great Magnolia Swamp, home to native sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana).
Features 10 miles of trails and former carriage roads. Moderate hiking. Carriage roads are covered with dense crushed stone and are generally wheelchair accessible.
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.
Western Avenue (Route 127), Gloucester, MA map
From Rt. 128 Exit 14, take Rt. 133 East toward Gloucester for 3 mi. until it ends at Rt. 127. Turn right and follow for 2 mi. to entrance
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