Andover Committee


           Hikers on Nov 2013 Maudsley State Park Hike led by Ted Harney & Sheila Pendleton   ( Fred Snell photo)

Chair Faith Evans

Secretary Deb Sager
Webmaster Fred Snell
Newsletter Judi Barthakur
E-Mail Coordinator Richard Lombard

Leader's Page - For leaders only


From Faith Evans

Dear Leaders, co Leaders, and friends,

      After a beautiful Fall, we are steadily approaching November and will still  have many good days ahead to get out to hike.  We have six hikes planned, through December 7th, and I hope you can do every one!

      As  you may know by now, the Outdoors magazine now omits printed trips, and forces us to look online to find a trip.  Many of us were upset with this change, and the Joy St staff are aware of our concerns.  There is a possibility that changes will still be made.  Any feedback to the editors of the Outdoors will be heard.  In the meantime, please check:  www.amc/,  click on Andover.  You can also check out many other committees, and other news of the AMC.

     Several changes have taken place in our Committee.  Richard Soo Hoo, our other Co Chair resigned in mid  September.  I also am resigning on Dec 31.  I have enjoyed my role in our committee, but for personal reasons, need to step down.

     At our meeting on Oct 26th, our Committee discussed our future at great length.  Primarily due to our small size, we voted to end our committee effective the end of December.  Several of our Leaders want to continue to lead, and are looking into both Local Walks and Forty Plus.  Hopefully the kinks of this process will be worked out within the next month or so, and by January or so  you will find some of our Leaders leading for those committees.  We are  hoping to lead some of our same hikes, but only for a different committee.  Please check online and look for us.

     So, sadly, this will be our last Greensheet newsletter.  I personally thank our Greensheet editor Judi Barthakur for all her hard work for many years in getting the Greensheet to you.

     Life is full of changes.  Hopefully you all will keep hiking and enjoying your love of the outdoors.  We know we have many loyal followers, and we hope to see you again on the trail.

                                    Faith Evans, Chair Andover Committee       


November Trips 

Merrimack River Trail, Andover

Sun November 2, 2014

 Great views along MRT, about 5 mi. Meet 1:30 pm Greater Lawrence Tech School, 57 River Rd, 0.4 mi. east of I-93, Exit 45. Drive around to left side of school (one way). Will use car spotting.

REF: N 42.69161 W 71.19699

Activity Category: Hiking
Registration Required: No
Leader: Dennis Crispo

Wildcat Conservation Area, Boxford

Sat November 8, 2014

Easy terrain, moderate pace, 1.5hours. 1PM. Take route 133 northeast to west Boxford, right on Main St to next 4 way intersection, then left on Ipswich Rd. Continue to next 4 way and take right on Herrick Rd.(police station across from intersection) and park in dirt lot near junction w/Herrick. Kids and dogs welcome.

Activity Category: Walks
Registration Required: No
Leader: Steve Davis

Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield

Sun November 9, 2014

Enjoy beautiful 2-hour hike in park and along Ipswich River. Meet at 1:00pm. Route 128N to I-95N to Route 1. Follow Route 1, past Topsfield Fairgrounds. Go to second traffic light, bear right at Dunkin Donuts onto Ipswich Road. Proceed 1.5 miles to Asbury Street, bear right, go to park entrance through stone pillars. Meet in parking lot. Heavy rain cancels.

Activity Category: Hiking, Walks
Registration Required: No
Leader: Faith Evans
Co-Leader: Lisa Abdow

Boxford State Forest Hike, Boxford

Sun November 16, 2014

 Meet at 1:00 pm at Middleton Road parking area. Hike along the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) ~ 4 miles enjoying views from Bald Hill. From I-95, take Exit 51 toward Middleton (south) and take first right onto Middleton Road. Parking area 1.6 miles on left. Trail map:

 Activity Category: Hiking
Registration Required: No
Leader: Richard Lombard
rllombard2@gmail             978 394 9619 (on day of hike)

Scenic Kenoza Lake Walk, Haverhill

Sun November 23, 2014

Walk on beautiful wooded trails, most of them along the lake shore, with stop at Winnekenni Castle. I-495 North Exit 52 to Route 110 South (left at the end of the ramp). Take first left onto Elliot Street, to Northern Essex Community College. Meet at 1:30pm, parking lot #1. No dogs, Rain cancels.

Activity Category: Hiking, Walks
Registration Required: No

Leader: Ted Harney 978-764-1272
Co-Leader: Sheila Pendleton

  Ward Reservation Hike, Andover (Trustees of Reservations)

Sun December 7, 2014

 Meet at 1:00 pm at Prospect Rd parking area in Andover MA. Hike along  a section of the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) enjoying marshland habitat and stopping at the Solstice Stones to take in the scenic vista. Occasionally lingering to observe the reservation's ecology and learn about ongoing avian conservation efforts.

From I-93, take MA 125 north for 5 miles and right onto Prospect Road. Follow Prospect Road 0.3 mile to parking area.

Trail map:

 Activity Category: Hiking
Registration Required: No
Leader: Richard Lombard
rllombard2@gmail             978 394 9619 (on day of hike)


Links to other Area Organizations for maps, trail guides, and other information:

Andover Trails Committee

A citizens committee that works to increase the public's access to recreational trails in Andover, particularly on the Town's Conservation land
Andover Village Improvement Society AVIS is an Andover Land Trust protecting 1100 acres of land in it's natural state with 30 miles of trails in 26 reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.
Bay Circuit Alliance This group is working to link green space surrounding Greater Boston area with over 200 miles of trails.  An eighteen mile segment of the Bay Circuit Trail passes through Andover.  Now jointly run by AMC and The Trustees of Reservations.
Shawsheen River Watershed Association S.R.W.A. focuses on preservation and cleanup of this river.  Public paddling trips are offered once a month during the season.
Trustees of Reservations The first private, state-wide conservation and preservation organization in the nation. Ward Reservation in Andover and Weir Hill in North Andover are Trustees of Reservation properties.
ECTA logo Essex County Trail Association The Essex County Trail Association exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury.

Boxford Trails Association / Boxford Open Land Trust Boxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, Inc. (BTA/BOLT) is a volunteer, private, nonprofit,tax-exempt organization for more than 30 years dedicated to preserving and protecting natural and aesthetically important land and wildlife habitat, in Boxford.