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.

Great trails, but not a lot of signs so a little easy to get turned around. Low traffic though, very pretty and surprisingly mostly secluded. Not too difficult but not super easy either. Overall good hike for a few hours with some cool climbs and views

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!).

8 months ago

a little crowded on the weekends, but free parking and a real bathroom at the trailhead.

trail running
10 months ago

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.