Posted on September 17, 2019 and last updated on September 17, 2019

Ball Field and Sam Ball Woods Preserves, Hancock


  • Preserve Size: 54 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~2.4 mile walk, if you do the whole thing
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: community garden, meadows

The two preserves here are back-to-back, and together offer a pleasant walk through meadows with apple trees and pretty woods. The Ball Field Preserve is named after an old ball field on the property (I think it’s called “Little Fenway” by locals), while the second preserve is named for Samuel Ball, a fellow who farmed the area in the 1700s. From East Side Road to Point Road, it’s about 1.2 miles.

Directions: There is no parking at the western edge of the preserve, where the trail comes out on Point Road, so you must park at the Ball Field Preserve, near the community garden, on East Side Road.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!