Posted on October 21, 2014 and last updated on January 23, 2018

Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 295 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.75 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: views, blueberry barrens, old stone hut, meadows

This preserve is stunning! After a short hike, you arrive at a picturesque stone hut with a sod-and-grass roof. Walk around the house for 360-degree views of mountains and the sea, and of meadows teeming with flowers, birds and insects. It’s glorious, and thus, quite popular. Coastal Mountains Land Trust manages the land here for grassland bird habitat and grows organic blueberries on one side of the hill.

For the best hike, start on the Beech Hill Road trailhead, and walk up the hill on a dirt road with expansive views. If you want to do a longer loop hike, continue on over the side of the hill and do the loop through the bushy habitat. Check out the interesting vines and berries. Lots of signs here warn of ticks. I pulled off five from Phoebe (there are also loaner dog leashes at the Beech Hill Road trailhead!). A second preserve trailhead is off of Rockville Road.

Directions: Beech Hill Summit Road trailhead, from Route 1, Rockport, heading south, take a right onto Beech Hill Rd. across from Hoboken Gardens. Go 1.6 miles, parking lot is on the left just past the old gate to Beech Hill and a stonewall. Woods Loop Trailhead, from Route 1, Rockport, heading south, take the first right immediately after ‘Fresh Off the Farm’ onto Rockville St. The parking lot is about .7 miles on the right-hand side of the road.

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