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Ravenswood Park

Gloucester

600 acres

Ten miles of crushed-stone carriage paths and trails meander through the park.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Ravenswood Park offers 600 acres for solitude and quiet contemplation, a testament to its founder’s conservationist philosophy. Nineteenth-century businessman and philanthropist Samuel Sawyer purchased woodlots, old pastures, and swamp near his home on Freshwater Cove, and upon his death left the more than 26 parcels to be turned into a park named Ravenswood, after the castle in Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor. Whether you prefer to surround yourself with snow-covered hemlocks, experience spring emerging in a burst of color and aroma, or escape the summer heat, you’ll find refuge here.

Ideas for Your Visit

Ten miles of woodland paths and trails meander through the park, providing plenty of room to picnic, bird watch, walk, cross-country ski, and simply appreciate the outdoors. Wander the child-friendly, two-mile Ledge Hill Trail among the magical-looking, fern-covered boulders, or trek to the overlook to Gloucester Harbor.

Admission & Hours

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.

Admission
FREE to all.

Directions

481 Western Avenue (Route 127)
Gloucester, MA 01930
Superintendent: 978.526.8687
E-mail: capeann@thetrustees.org

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Directions
From Rt. 128 Exit 14, take Rt. 133 East toward Gloucester for 3 mi. until it ends at Rt. 127. Turn right and follow for 2 mi. to entrance.

 

Property Map

Printed trail maps are distributed free from bulletin boards in parking areas. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be leashed in parking area. Please dispose of dog waste responsibly by using the waste barrel.
  • Mountain biking permitted only on designated trails. All trails are closed to mountain biking March 1 to April 30, during muddy season.
  • No motorbikes.
  • No cutting of vegetation.
  • No fires, camping, littering.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
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History

Ravenswood contains many relics of Cape Ann history, from Native American hunting mounds and artifacts, to rock walls and cellar holes built by early settlers, to the part Old Salem Road that is now a park trail. Samuel E. Sawyer, a wealthy merchant who summered here, preserved this land. In 1889, Sawyer’s will created Ravenswood Park as a property “laid out handsomely with drive-ways and pleasant rural walks.” After 104 years of dedicated management, they transferred the property to The Trustees of Reservations in 1993.

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See What People Say

This place will always be in my heart. A place I love to go sit in silence and listen to nature. Great for hiking or biking, or just enjoying the stillness of this beautiful location.

bcdevils, Trip Advisor

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