nature trips


trail running

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.

Nice, well marked trail with nice lake views along the Ridgeline Trail. Good rock bounding moments too.

Beautiful hike and lake that you can swim in it during summer.

The swamp at 0.9 mi on this trail was probably an outdated section. They changed the trail, so follow the marking on trees instead of the trail on this map, otherwise you might end up crossing the swamp and get all wet, just like me!

(Or maybe it was because it was raining heavily…)

Ridge trail is a great hike. A lot of uphill climbing and full of challenges.

Beautiful and easy, important to know this is a paved trail.

Enjoyed taking the trails off the paved paths, busy with dogs and families. Poorly marked even with map in hand from visitor center. Hard to believe we were minutes from Route 1.

a good place for a run or walking dog

great views of saugus river.

I hiked the Fox Run Trail and Breakhill Trail. There are many different trails. I suggest getting a map in the visitor's center first; it really gives a great overview of the park. Make sure your legs are ready to climb!

Such a beautiful trail. Love the many options

Fabulous trail feels like another world on and off the trail!

Incredibly beautiful, great views,must go

This is a great spot. The paved trail was perfect for baby strollers, and dog friendly! Can't wait to go explore the unpaved trails!

Very cool place.

Great hike! I would’ve never thought I’d find a quality hike this close to Boston. Ridge Trail is the way to go — especially up to Castle Rock.

Varying trails, marked well.

Overall good trails. We did not do exactly the marked trail and that is b/c it is difficult to follow the trails here as they are not very well marked. Despite that, the trails are well maintained, cross the paved main trail often and make for enjoyable hiking/walking. The main trail is heavily trafficked but the unpaved side trails are more secluded. There are great stretches for off leash time for the pup and great swimming for him as well. Definitely worth coming here again.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I tried a new trail today -Fox run trail -A very pleasant trail that goes up a small
hill and then ends up at a pond. The beauty of Breakheart is that most of the hikers stay on the paved road and very few hikers use the unpaved trails. A very nice spot

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great escape so near the city.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is a great spot .This is 3rd visit. Break heart Hill is an easy climb and you can see great views of Boston. The Saugus River trail is off the beaten path but great little stroll along the river. Plenty of easy paved trails for kids and seniors .

hike and bike options throughout this park. Caught Smallmouth and largemouth bass, and sunfish using lures in the afternoon on Silver Lake.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A nice walk in partial nature, unfortunately a lot of the trails in here are paved over. But when you walk around the lake and get away from the asphalt, it is a very beautiful sight.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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!).

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016


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