177 Forest Street
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.
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.
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.