John J. Donovan Reservation

Hamilton, MA
The John J. Donovan Reservation and Sagamore Hill Conservation Area is a 270-acre reservation that is managed by the Essex County Greenbelt. 

On a clear day, you can enjoy extraordinary views of the “Essex River, Cape Ann, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.”


2.25 Miles

Hike Time

1.5 Hours

We were blessed with another beautiful day to continue our North of Boston hiking tour at the John J. Donovan Reservation & Sagamore Hill Conservation Area in Hamilton. 

The Essex County Greenbelt has done a great job marking trails and we only got turned around (lost) once and clocked about 2.25 miles. There were some bugs and ticks in the shade and high grass but a really nice breeze and a great view at the top of the hill.

There were a couple of 4 legged friends next to the parking lot at the entrance to the trail.

That hat kept the sun and the bugs off my head – worth it!

We made it and what a view!

Walking through the woods.

The hat kept the sun and the bugs off my head - worth it!

If you look real hard in the distance, you can see Cape Ann (Halibut Point in Rockport) just above the tree line and just beyond the right-hand corner of that lovely Cape Ann license plate. (MA drivers get a plate at!)

The white roads pictured below are covered in crushed clamshells. 

Halibut Point in the distance beyond the right corner of the Cape Ann plate!

We found many different species of plants along our walk, including this poisonous hemlock below!

Poison Hemlock, not Queen Anne's Lace.