Ravenswood Park

Ravenswood Park
481 Western Avenue (route 127)
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-526-8687

Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where you’ll find remnants of Colonial habitation. Ravenswood Park offers 600 acres for solitude and quiet contemplation of nature. Whether you prefer to surround yourself with snow-covered hemlocks, experience spring emerging in a burst of color and aroma, or escape the summer’s heat – you’ll find a refuge here. The park is a testament to one man’s conservationist philosophy, and to all those who have cared for this special place. With 10 miles of carriage paths and trails that meander through the park, you can find plenty of room to picnic, bird watch, walk, cross-country ski, and simply appreciate the outdoors. Children love the Ledge Hill Trail – a 2-mile round-trip walk among magical-looking, fern-covered boulders. A plaque marks the spot in the woods where naturalist Mason "The Hermit" Walton built his cabin in the 1880s. You don’t want to miss trekking to the overlook to Gloucester Harbor or traversing the boardwalk through the Great Magnolia Swamp, home to native sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana).

Hours: 

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

Driving 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

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Trails: 10 miles of trails and former carriage roads. Moderate hiking. Carriage roads are covered with dense crushed stone and are generally wheelchair accessible. Mountain biking permitted only on designated trails. All trails are closed to mountain biking March 1 to April 30, during muddy season.

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly

Categories: 

  • Birding
  • Winter Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Parks
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

The Trustees of Reservations
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead