Winnekenni Castle & Park

photo of Winnekenni Castle
347 Kenoza Ave
Haverhill, MA 01830

Winnekenni Park (the name comes from the Algonquin dialect, which means "very beautiful") is a hilly, city-owned conservation area of more than 700 acres, ideal for bicycling, jogging, cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, ice skating, picnics, and observing nature. . Upon entering the Park, you will see the Basin and Kenoza Lake behind it. These two bodies of water make up approximately half of the Park area. Plug Pond is situated in the southwest part of the park, and Winnekenni Castle is somewhat in between Kenoza Lake and Plug Pond. It is within a few miles of downtown Haverhill and includes about 10 miles of fairly easy walking trails. It has been a favorite recreation spot, dating as far back as the early 1800's, even though it was privately owned at that time. In the late 1800's it became Haverhill's first Public Park.

Driving Directions: 

I-495 to Exit 52 (Rte 110/Haverhill/Bradford). Turn left at the end of exit. After the lake, turn left at sign that reads "Winnekenni Castle." Go through the entrance and drive to the top of the hill to the castle.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

The Winnekenni Park Conservation Area is open to the public for hiking, jogging, nature study, photography, x-country skiing and other activities that do not damage the land or disrupt other people's enjoyment of it. A trail map can be downloaded at:


  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restroom


  • Weddings
  • Winter Sports
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

City of Haverhill and the Winnekenni Foundation Inc.
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead