Date Of Visit: May 7, 2017
Location: 481 Western Ave, Gloucester, MA (about 1 hour northwest of Boston)
Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
Parking: there are 10 parking spots in the lot outside of the park, parking is also available on the side of the road near the park. 10-20 cars can safely fit in the area by the side of the road
Trail Size/Difficulty: 10 miles of trails and former carriage roads. Moderate hiking. Carriage roads are covered with dense crushed stone and are generally wheelchair accessible.
Handicapped Accessible: The main trail and carriage roads are accessible at least for a while. I walked it for over 2 miles and it was an easy, wide trail. The side trails are much more rocky and challenging.
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: wildlife, lakes, vernal pools, easy to moderate trails
Fitbit Stats (distance walked, steps taken and calories burned according to Fitbit watch): 7.8 miles, 17,637 steps, 1,586 calories burned)
Website: Ravenswood Park
Trail Map: Ravenswood Park Trail Map
Although it is more famous for its long stretches of shoreline and its fishing industry, Gloucester is also home to some beautiful parks. Boasting 10 miles of trails and several bodies of water, Ravenswood is teeming with wildlife.
One of the highlight of the park is Fernwood Lake. Fernwood Lake is bisected by a walking path with open areas to photograph the lake and the animals that inhabit. it.
I took the Cedar Swamp Trail and hooked up onto the blue blazed Fernwood Lake Trail. This trail is an easy 3 mile loop with many birds and trees along the path. Of course, I went off trail to get some of my photos and I had to redouble my steps since I got a little lost. So the hike was much more than 3 mile loop. I took this trail partly because I thought it would be less traveled than some of the other trails and it was. I didn’t run into many people taking these trails. It has been a very rainy spring. So there were lots of puddles and the area was very green. The trails can be extremely rocky in some places, especially along the loop I took. I did see a few runners. But, not any cyclists. As a side note, bikes are banned from March 1 until April 30 during the muddy season.
During my hike, I saw evidence of beavers
And I saw these buds which will soon become blueberries.
During my visit, I saw turtles, birds, a few dogs that were visiting as well as some other critters.
Mica is a 5 year old Australian Sheepdog.
From left to right is Masy, a 3 year old Lab, and Riley, a 9 year old Lab.
Lucas is a 9 year old rescue Catahoula.