Walking / Hiking

Essex County Salt Tour

During the mid-seventeenth century, the “Ironworks at Lynn” manufactured large cast iron “salt pans” for the purpose of evaporating seawater to make salt. During the Colonial period, there were numerous places throughout Essex County attempting to produce salt. Join Park Rangers for a tour of the Iron Works. Then, depart the Iron Works on a motor coach to visit an early salt-making site in Essex County.

Historic Essex Walking Tour

The Historic Essex Walking Tour is a self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) to 16 interpretive signs that highlight the historic significance of this New England village. Learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and other interesting stories. Benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour.

Free Family Friendly History & Nature Scavenger Hunt

Our Nature & History Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday September 29th from 10AM-1PM. Come between those times to see the beautiful historic Dickson Memorial Chapel and do the scavenger hunt. Learn and see some interesting nature and history in Greenlawn. All while helping raise awareness and funding to restore the stunning Dickson Memorial Chapel and Conservatory and preserve Greenlawn Cemetery for generations come. We hope to see you, many local families and Greenlawn fans there! This event is free! Please park on Orne Street and enter through the Orne Street gate.

Shawsheen River hike

Join AVIS board members for a pleasant hike along the Shawsheen River. We will hike on the Claus Dengler trail (named for a former AVIS president) which runs along the Shawsheen River from Abbot Bridge to Balardvale train station, a distance of 1.5 miles. We will walk along open meadows and into the woods. The river is visible throughout most of this hike. This is an excellent opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife and plant species. On our return, we may explore some other trails. The total distance for this hike is approximately 3 miles.

The Stone Mill Photography Walking Tour

The tour will begin at the Lawrence History Center's historic Essex Company complex and proceed to the Stone Mill where participants will have an opportunity to explore and photograph an architectural icon of America’s Industrial Revolution. Its stone construction and slate roof make it unique among the surviving mills in Lawrence. Historic Mills Photography Workshops co-founder Robert Lussier will guide you through the stairwells, open spaces and funky corners of these historic properties, as well as exploring the exterior from various angles.

Den Rock Park Hike

Join Groundwork Lawrence for a brisk hike through Lawrence’s “hidden jewel,” Den Rock Park. The park is a 120- acre wooded preserve that includes walking trails, a granite rock face, scenic overlooks, a beaver pond, and access to the Shawsheen River. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Rte 114, Lawrence, MA, 01840

Spicket River Greenway Walk

Groundwork Lawrence Enjoy some of Lawrence’s newly developed parks and be provided both historical and ecological perspectives on this important watershed. The tour will start at Manchester Street Park and highlight Steven’s Pond, in which native birds and snapping turtles cohabitate. Special Instructions: Wear walking shoes.

Off-Beat Andover Tour of Historic Mill District

This unique walking tour will highlight architecture, history, and fun facts about the Andover's Historic Mill District in a fast-paced, and highly participatory way. Interactive games (anyone for a round of The Price is Right?) and humorous challenges will be played as we explore the neighborhood's past. Snacks are also provided! This might not be your grandma's type of walking tour (you know her better than we do), but we'd be happy if she came too! Participants are encouraged to take photos, bring a sense of humor, and share their experiences via social media.


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