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Breakheart Reservation State Park

177 Forest Street
Saugus, 01906
781-233-0834

Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. Seven rocky hills, over 200 feet high, provide vistas of Boston, southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. An extensive trail system through the woodlands guides visitors to various areas of the reservation. Fishing in Silver and Pearce Lakes, hiking the trails and birdwatching by the Saugus River are popular year-round activities. The supervised swimming area at Pearce Lake, one of the few fresh- water swimming spots north of Boston, draws crowds in the summer. In addition to its natural resources, the reservation has a rich cultural history.

Park Directions

From north or south: Take Rte. 1 to Lynn Fells Parkway exit, follow Lynn Fells Parkway a short distance, take a right onto Forest Street. Park entrance is after Kasabuski Rink.

Special Programs

Rangers conduct year-round programs that interpret the plant and animal life of the woods and ponds as well as reservation management issues and cultural themes of the reservation's past. In the summer, most programs begin at the Pearce Lake swimming area. Many of the programs are suitable for children. Special school programs are offered in the spring. Metro North Region Programs

Camp Nihan offers camping and day use throughout the year for schools and non-profit groups with a permit.

Recreational Opportunities

Camp Nihan

131 Walnut St, Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 231-1203

Camp Nihan is an environmental education center located in Saugus, Massachusetts that is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Camp Nihan offers free environmental education programs for schools and nonprofit organizations.

Park Directions

Camp Nihan is located in the Greater Boston area, in eastern Massachusetts.

From Rte. 1, Saugus take Route 129 West, Walnut Street towards Wakefield. The entrance to the Camp will be on your left 2/10ths of a mile after the first traffic light. Look for a small green sign. Continue on the gravel road and park in the first parking lot or as instructed by DCR staff. Please drive slowly as children may be in the road. F

From Rte. 128, take the Route 1 South, Boston exit and then follow the directions for Route 1 above.

Things to know before you go...

  • Camp Nihan's group cabins are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday only September through June.
  • Camp Nihan's group cabins and group campsites are open Friday, Saturday only in July and August.
  • Contact Station Hours are 4pm to 8pm.
  • Reservations are required
  • Camp Nihan offers group cabins and group tentsites. Each group cabin or group tentsite must have an adult and/or counselor in attendance.
  • Pets are prohibited from Camp Nihan, designated beach areas, Boston Harbor Islands, and all yurts and cabin camping.
  • Swimming is not permitted at Camp Nihan.
  • No biking or mountain biking at Camp Nihan.
  • No showers or flush toilets available, portable toilets only.
  • Cabins have bunkbeds and tables. Linens and eating utensils are not provided. No additional tents on cabin sites. Cabins have a refrigerator and are heated by pellet stove.
  • Cabins offer access to electricity, however, electric wattage is limited and does not accommodate a heater. Electrical service is not sufficiently reliable for use with medical devices and equipment.

Rumney Marsh Reservation

Saugus, Revere
617-727-5350

Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Rumney Marsh, a 600+ acre reservation, is located within the rich Saugus and Pines River estuary. This expansive saltmarsh provides habitat for an array of wildlife including migratory birds and marine life. The reservation also provides recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, walking, and bird watching. It is designated as an "Area of Critical Environmental Concern".

Free Programs

Natural and cultural history walks relating to the area are offered.

Park Directions

MBTA: Take the MBTA Lynn/Salem bus to Rt. 107, Salem Turnpike and enter at the embankment.

By Car: Take the Callahan Tunnel to Rt. 1 North, continue through Bell Circle and at Brown Circle take a right onto Route 107 north, Salem Turnpike. At the Bristow Street lights make a u-turn reversing direction and continue for 1/2 mile to the embankment entrance on the right.

Recreational Opportunities

Prankers Pond

Saugus, MA 01906

Prankers Pond (also Lily Pond or Pranker Pond is the name of one of the largest lakes in Saugus , Massachusetts. It is the center of a recreational area that also includes hiking and picnicking areas.

Saugus River, Saugus, MA

The river is 13 miles (21 km) long, drains a watershed of approximately 47 square miles (120 km 2 ), and passes through Wakefield , Lynnfield , Saugus , and Lynn as it meanders east and south from its source in Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield (elevation 90 feet) to its mouth in Broad Sound . It has at least eight tributaries : the Mill River; Bennets Pond Brook; the Pines River; Hawkes Brook; Crystal Pond Brook; Beaver Dam Brook; Strawberry Brook; and Shute Brook.

Carter, Wayne

9 Greenwood Ave
Saugus , MA 01906

(781) 666-3036

Amusement Park , Video Arcade

Lucky Strike Recreation

73 Buffum St
Lynn , MA 01902

(781) 592-9100

"Lynn, Massachusetts candlepin bowling alley offers bumper bowling, party facilities, game room, youth bowling, league bowling, fundraising opportunities, glow bowling."

Lynnway Sports Ctr Bar & Grill

497 Lynnway
Lynn , MA 01905

(781) 595-5700

Lynn, Massachusetts candlepin bowling alley features restaurant and party facilities.

National Amusements

1143 Broadway
Saugus , MA 01906

(781) 231-0105

Wind Surf

135 Middlesex Ave
Somerville , MA 02145

(617) 776-0804

 

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