breakheart Reservation

Saugus, MA

The Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, MA hosts, “six moderate trails ranging from 2 to 4.1 miles and from 75 to 278 feet above sea level.”

According to the All Trails website, “Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. Seven rocky hills, over 200 feet high, provide vistas of Boston, southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts.”


2.5 Miles

Hike Time

2 Hours

Today, we spent a few hours hiking Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, MA. The temperature was unseasonably warm, so we didn’t need to pack extra hats or jackets. Hard to believe this is November, and the temps are in the 60s and 70s. 

It’s the first time we’ve hiked this reservation, even though it’s been on our list for a long time, and we are so lucky to be here on such a beautiful day. Most of the trails are hard-surfaced, with some side root and rock paths branching off the main loop. 

The Breakheart Reservation Loop was moderately easy hiking and is pet and children friendly. We saw quite a few young families out enjoying themselves, and after seeing the playground and pond recreation area, I am sure it is even busier in the summer months. 

We enjoyed the area and can’t wait to make a return visit to take in the views of Boston from the top of Eagle Rock and explore the rest of the park’s 652 acres. A visitors’ center is located at the Saugus entrance off Route 1(southbound). Unfortunately, the parking lot was crowded, and we had to wait a few minutes for a spot. There is a secondary park entrance off Hemlock Road in Wakefield. There is no charge to enter the reservation, and there is a fenced-in dog park.

One of the paved sections of the trail.

The foliage was just stunning!

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