Looking for a great trail in Breakheart Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Breakheart Reservation ranging from 2 to 3.9 miles and from 75 to 269 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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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.

I’m sure the trails all around Breakheart are great when they aren’t covered in ice. Icy conditions made for some difficult walking and trails were not always clearly marked. That being said I will go again when the weather is better.

Nice winter hike

Went here on an impromptu hike with my girlfriend looking to burn off some holiday calories and followed the Saugus River Trail to the Ridge Trail; Trailmarking is pretty solid throughout (aside from some minor meandering footpaths on the rock scrambles) but otherwise no confusion. Love the amount of up/down & the views of Boston and landscape were beautiful from the highest peak on the Ridge Trail, even on our cloudy day! All around great hike. Would like to return to try out some other trails at Breakheart.

Excellent hike — beautiful vistas and a few nice challenges. We segued off once by accident but only for a few hundred feet — my Fitbit said our overall hike was 5.7 not 3.9... not to complain, just longer than anticipated. Loved it!

I reside in Wakefield and have made this trip many times.

Warnings - plenty of nefarious people lurking about usually during the waning hours of the days, regardless of the season.

That aside this can be a vigorous walk with true nature exposure while still being within a mile of some of the heaviest traffic areas in the area.

trail running
5 months ago

Nice option for a run after a rainy morning and over-night. There is a paved road thru this park which is up, down, and all around with options to veer off into the woods. Standing water on some trails so stuck to the road. Did a quick 5K after a Logan drop-off but then discovered I was trapped in the morning rush hour. No fun getting back home...

I love the upper pond is nice peaceful hiking

Great for a walk with beautiful lake views! ☺️

This is a good easy going trail in the area. Pearce Lake in particular is very scenic especially for sunset in the evening. The upper pond is good for swimming. The whole loop will give you a solid workout and the paved road is a nice touch making it good for family with strollers as well.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Flat trail, nothing special. Wouldn’t go here unless you live really close to it. There are better trails around.

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

8 months ago

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Such a beautiful trail. Love the many options

Monday, December 11, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Incredibly beautiful, great views,must go

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Very cool place.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Varying trails, marked well.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

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