Summer & Fall are Great Times to Walk with Your Dog

Walking in the Forest

There’s still plenty of summer left! Even into fall when the temperatures start to get cooler, it becomes easier for you to take your dog on some fantastic walking and hiking trails. We’ve curated a list of some great hiking and walking trails around Andover for you to enjoy with your dog.

Walking Trails


Den Rock Park
A 120-acre wooded preserve that includes walking trails, a granite rock face with fissures perfect for technical climbing, scenic overlooks, and access to the Shawsheen River. The park serves as a recreational amenity for the region and attracts hundreds of visitors throughout the year. Can be accessed from Winthrop Street (Route 114) opposite North Andover Plaza or Stirling Street in Andover. View trail map

Cochran Wildlife Sanctuary
Boasts 65 acres of woodlands and ponds on Phillips Academy property which offers several miles of gently rolling trails. Numerous small cleared areas and benches encourage walkers to enjoy the views. Can be accessed at the end of Chapel Avenue in Andover. Dogs must be leashed. View trail map

Wood Hill/Bald Hill
A 203-acre reservation that includes walking trails, stone walls and the occasional ruins of a buildings. The reservation also offers an orienteering course with three different levels of difficulty. Orienteering challenges you to read a map, make decisions, and plan a route all while moving across fields, over rocks and along scenic trails. Can be accessed by High Plain Road or Hagget’s Pond Road in Andover. View trail map or orienteering courses

North Andover

Osgood Hill
A country estate with over 200 acres of woodlands, sweeping lake views from Half Mile Hill and three and a half miles of hiking trails. Can be accessed from Osgood Street or Charlotte Way in North Andover. View trail map

Ward Reservation and Boston Hill
A massive 729-acre reservation that offers rolling hills, Boston skyline views and a glacial kettle hole bog as well as 13 miles of hiking trails. Can be accessed from Prospect Road or Brightview in North Andover. View trail map


You can also visit a few forests that are in close proximity to both Andover and North Andover. They include Town Farm Forest, Harold Parker State Forest and Boxford State Forest.

Many more trails and information can be found on the following websites: Andover Trails Committee, AVIS Reservations and Friends of North Andover Trails.