Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. Seven rocky hills, over 200 feet high, provide vistas of Boston, southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. An extensive trail system through the woodlands guides visitors to various areas of the reservation. Fishing in Silver and Pearce Lakes, hiking the trails and birdwatching by the Saugus River are popular year-round activities. 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.
Wonderful place to hike! There are so many trails that crisscross all over the reservation--it can be an easy jaunt or a more challenging climb to the top of Hill. The dogs love jumping into the lake, and just last week we saw a deer running ahead of us on the trail. Trails are well marked -- we walk through here in all seasons and for the last 3 years we've done a morning Christmas walk (surprisingly there were quite a few people!).
Absolutely love this place! I run these trails weekly. Highly recommend Taking the Ridgeline Trail to Castle Rock and work your way over to the blue blazed Lake trail and on up to Eagle Rock. Amazing views of Boston skyline, Wakefield, Melrose, Saugus, Lynnfield and reservation.
Good beginner spot.
As another poster mentioned, the main "trail" is paved. However, they do have unpaved trails that branch off of the paved loop as well.
The Ridge trail is excellent as it offers some uphill hiking (very easy level) and rewards with views of the Boston skyline. Plus, as it branches off from the paved loop and then later rejoins it, there are signs that will get you onto the right trail if you go without a map.
Three out of five stars for being a solid place for walking and hiking for beginners.
NOTE: I have no personal experience with this, but have been told multiple times to stay out at night as it could be dangerous. I have no evidence of this claim, but would recommend generally avoiding hiking at night anyways. Also, as you'll be able to tell by the fire pits, crushed beer cans, and broken bottles in some of the clearings on some of the trails, this is a popular place for Wakefield high schoolers to hang out and drink at night. I'd wish they'd clean up after, but I know I probably wouldn't have at their age.
Great pet and family friendly park. Because the park is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, I found the peace and quiet hard to come by. However, I found being off the paved path to be the most enjoyable. If you want low traffic and quiet, hike the blue blaze along the edge of the lake as well as ridge trail. The one thing I did not like is the amount of trash in the park. Please take out what you take in.