Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ravenswood Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ravenswood Park is a 600 acre nature reserve made up of over 10 miles of trails. It is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.
We had a dreary, yet inspiring Adventure to Ravenswood Park on another rainy morning. Expecting to have the place almost to ourselves, it was a surprise to arrive with not one parking space available. Luckily we soon found a guest leaving so we were able to park and begin on our journey, quickly grabbing a map as we entered the reserve. I was disappointed to have to weave through some out of control dogs before we began exploring. However the moment we arrived on our first trail we felt at peace in the great outdoors.
We began our hike on the Magnolia Swamp Trail, then traversed some small trails in between before finishing on the Ledge Hill Trail. The Trails were clearly labeled, a common and helpful perk of the Trustees properties. It was thrilling to see the bright green of spring, even feeling joy from seeing weeds, moss, and “normal” leaves. There were boardwalks surrounded by Fiddlehead Ferns and beautiful Canadian May flowers. Throughout the Park we observed boulders off all sizes, one even appearing to have green hair, causing me to chuckle. As you may guess my favorite aspect of the Park were the long boardwalks throughout the swamp area. One unusual feature we also located was a mini quarry along the trail. There was even a spot with a view of Gloucester Harbor from afar. It was as if the more you walked the more diverse the experience became.
Yet another dreary, walk in Massachusetts, but still a wonderful hike in Ravenswood Park. If you may be wondering, I located Ravenswood Park through the Trustees of Reservations. I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area. Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts.So glad we could visit Ravenswood Park today (Rating: 3.5).