Breakheart Reservation

Dogs Allowed

Details of Breakheart Reservation

Overview of Breakheart Reservation

Breakheart includes two lakes and a large forest.

Hours for Breakheart Reservation

Sunrise to sunset

Parking at Breakheart Reservation

Free parking is available at 177 Forest Street in Saugus and at 100 Hemlock Road in Wakefield. The Wakefield entrance is closer to Pearce Lake Beach.

Activities at Breakheart Reservation

A person walking through trails.


Explore the reservation through a large trail system. Climb to vistas with views of Boston, New Hampshire, and central Massachusetts.
Children swimming


Supervised swimming at Pearce Lake draws a crowd each summer.
A park ranger speaking with children about nature.

Educational programs

Topics include history of the park and nature themes.

All Activities at Breakheart Reservation

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Educational programs

Facilities at Breakheart Reservation

  • Barking Lot – fenced off leash dog area
  • Grilling -  - no charcoal grills, propane only
  • First aid
  • Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Visitors Center
  • Weddings

Accessibility at Breakheart Reservation

  • Accessible education programs
  • Accessible picnicking
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Accessible visitors center
  • Beach wheelchair available
  • Paved walking trails

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