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Harold Parker Loop Trail is a 16.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Andover, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 16.6 mi Elevation gain 810 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Please note: users have reported the trail is closed due to dam construction. This Forest, 20 miles north of Boston, has some really incredible mountain bike trails within its boundaries. There are a variety of trails from roads to paths to single track covering over 35 miles. Use the included map to guide you on a loop around the circumference of the main trails which passes by several bodies of water where you can also watch for birds. There are plenty of trails that twist in and out of the track, too many to make turn for turn directions. Use the track and your phone to guide your trail choices depending on if you are hiking or biking.

Harold Parker Forest Info http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/harp.htm

Directions: Take I-93 north to exit 41 from boston and follow 125 north towards Andover. When you come to the Police Barracks on the right turn onto Harold Parker Road to Jenkins Road which you can take to the trailhead. To get to the headquarters of the park follow Jenkins Road to Salem road and take a right on that.

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Brandon Westerling
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HikingBugsRocky

Very pretty hike but was super buggy and the water looked very unpleasant.

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Cieara Donati
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Hiking

These trails are very pretty. Lots of plant life. I love to come here to catch snakes and frogs!

Jessica Belongia
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Hiking

Dog stayed dry

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Jack Williams
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Hiking

Nice view of Steve’s pond at our starting point. Must be vigilant that you’re on a trail as pine needles make them hard to discern at times. Wish they put up a few more markers. Easily traversed with little vertical introduced.

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Jaya k Budha
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Hiking

Green loop

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Amira Antar
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Hiking

Nice trail. Better for walking unless you want to bike in the woods.

Christine Shapiro
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Good moderate/easy hike

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Andrew Sciotti
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Jeremy Moses
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Very cool

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Andrew Sciotti
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Kimmie Johnson
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Hiking

trail closed due to construction at the damn

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Jeffrey Chabot
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Mountain biking

This was the intermediate ride for the Wicked Ride of the East Nov 3

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Sandro Meaden
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Mountain biking
Carl S
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Vamsi K
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Vamsi K
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Cindi Gazda
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This is a very nice trail Well Marked. Little rocky beautiful views. Nice easy not To much difficulty. THE BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS YOU DONT HERE NATURE AT ALL ...JUST TRAFFIC SOUNDS FROM HIGHEAY NEAR BY.

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Jared Goralnick
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Hiking

Clocked this 13.1 on my watch. Tried to use the ponds as anchors so I could put the phone away more, as this is otherwise super tricky to track. Nice trail run!

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Keifer Heckman
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Mountain biking

Solid trail. Good climbs for intermediate level. There are beginner trails as well. Technical, climbs and downhills.

dennis reppucci
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Always fun at Harold Parker Forest trails

Billy Holtsberg
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Hiking

Always clean and friendly environment.

Suzanne Lessard
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Great trail. Awesome views.

C Sandberg
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Hiking

Its $5 to park for the day at the parking lot. We started the trail near the gate instead of at the back of the parking lot. At the beginning, there were some interesting rock outcroppings and then halfway through it was more water features, swamps, ponds. We had to cross or walk a short distance on roads four times. The roads a not heavily travelled but they are narrow. The end took us through a paved camping area. For a weekend day, we did not see many people on the trails. The trail was not marked so spent a lot of time checking my phone as there were many intersecting trails (hence the missing star). I don't think this should be rated as moderate as it was pretty easy. Nice place. One could make it as short or as long as one wanted.

Kyung Jun Nam
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no signs to guide you but all tracks leads to trails and to roads. i paid too much attention to if i was following the planned route but i gave up. I couldn't get lost in the wilderness.

JEN FLOHR
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Hiking

It was ok for me, not great. Lots of in and out short trails that all lead back to the main road. A good place for a walk with a dog- not so exciting by yourself! At least the ice had almost entirely melted.

David Abbott
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Hiking

Just time for a short loop with our dog. A little icy in spots. Only saw 3 bikers.

Charles Mcdonald
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Hiking

Walked to Berry Pond with my dog Nova, very pretty and peaceful.

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