By Jayne Glennon
Snowshoeing at Weir Hill in February was awesome, so I set out to hike the same trail in summer landscape. New scenery has replaced the old, difficult to recognize.
The Loop trail is a nice length, about 2.5 miles. The trail climbs Weir Hill and gets my heart pumping. Rest comes while taking in long views of the Merrimack Valley from the high point. The Laketrail then heads downhill through woodland to hug the shore of lovely Lake Cochichewick, where canoes and kayaks float (by permit, residents of North Andover only). Some small sections of woodland were recently treated by controlled fire to diversify and enhance the forest, leaving sunny, sparsely-treed hillsides. Tall pine forest inhabit other areas allowing little sunshine to reach the ground creating a very different environment on the other side of Weir Hill. Truly a hike of many beautiful landscapes.
Weir Hill is a property maintained by the Trustees of Reservations and a mile or two away is another Trustees property, The Stevens-Coolidge Place.
The house is infrequently open to the public but the gardens are open everyday. Parking is across the street, no fees. I strolled around the lovely gardens, putting a little more mileage on my sneakers and gathering planting ideas. Others picnicked and one person painted the flowers onto her canvas at this peaceful country estate from a different era.
Weir Hill, North Andover, Summer
- Date: July 3, 2015
- Distance: Weir Hill about 2.5 miles; Coolidge-Stevens Place 1 mile or less
- Weather: Perfect
- Fee: None to walk
- Pets: On leash at Weir Hill -- very popular with pets; at Stevens-Coolidge, pets are allowed on leash but not in garden beds.
- What I liked about this walk: Weir Hill has become a favorite of mine. Beautiful scenery and a good amount of exercise thrown in. At The Stevens-Coolidge Place the gardens made for a pleasant stroll.
- What I didn't like about this walk: nothing