Guided Walks Every Month!

Guided Walks in Open Spaces
Steer Swamp Conservation Area – Sunday, May 8th at 2 PM

Wyman Woods Conservation Area – Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM
Ware Pond Conservation Area – Sunday, July 10 at 2 PM

Did you know that Marblehead has set aside many open spaces for everyone to enjoy? On the second Sundays of April, May, June and July, the Marblehead Conservancy will lead a walk in one of these retreats. We’ll explore the trails in each open space, and guides will talk about their history and highlight their special features.

Our next walk will be in the Steer Swamp Conservation Area on May 8th at 2 pm and will last approximately one hour. Attendance is free, but is limited to the first twenty people. (Steady rain cancels the event.) Meet us at the trail head on Stonybrook Road and wear sturdy shoes. Plenty of on-street parking is available. See you there!

 

Point O’ Rocks Lane

This 25 foot wide lane leads from Follett Street to a strip of lawn which is private property.


 

Point-o-Rocks Lane entrance
1. Point-o-Rocks Lane entrance

 

Peabody Avenue

This 20-foot-wide public way extends from Harbor Avenue, across a lawn (still a public way) to steps leading down to a rocky beach and low water.


 

Peabody Lane entrance
1. Peabody Avenue entrance
Mid-way down Peabody Lane
2. Mid-way down Peabody Avenue
Grass at the end of the paved lane
3. Grass at the end of the paved road
Steps to the beach
4. Steps to the beach

 

Parker Lane

This public way off Foster Street begins with a paved section and then continues over a grassy area to wooden steps leading down to a pebble beach. A bench at the top of the steps provides a pleasant view of the harbor with the town in the background.


 

Parker Lane entrance
1. Parker Lane entrance
Path to beach
2. Path to beach

 

Nahant Street

This 40-foot wide, 50-foot long right-of-way extending to the low water mark, located next to the Corinthian Yacht Club, has no street sign. The paved way ends at a grass strip and stone wall, offering views of Marblehead Harbor and the mainland from Peach’s Point to Abbot Hall.


 

Nahant Street
1. Nahant Street
View from the stone wall
2. View from the stone wall

 

Lookout Court and Prospect Alley

Lookout Court, though appearing as a street, is open for foot traffic only. Located in Marblehead’s Historic District near Abbot Hall, this public way narrows to stone steps and a small path between houses that is known as Prospect Alley. The vista offers magnificent views of the town and Marblehead Harbor.


 

Entrance to Lookout Court
1. Entrance to Lookout Court
Half way down Lookout Court which empties into Prospect Alley
2. Half way down Lookout Court which empties into Prospect Alley
Stairs at the top of Prospect Alley looking up hill
3. Stairs at the top of Prospect Alley looking uphill
Turn on Prospect Alley looking down hill
4. Turn on Prospect Alley looking downhill
Entrance to Prospect Alley from Lee Street
5. Entrance to Prospect Alley from Lee Street

 

Lighthouse Lane

Beginning at Follet Street, this lane runs adjacent to a stockade fence at the eastern edge of the parking lot for Chandler Hovey Park and continues over the grass down to the water. The park, with the iconic Marblehead Light Tower, is a perfect location from which to watch boats sailing in and out of the harbor.


 

Lighthouse Lane parking lot for Chandler Hovey Park
1. Lighthouse Lane parking lot for Chandler Hovey Park

 

Knight’s Hill Road

While beginning as a paved street off Pond Street, Knight’s Hill Road quickly turns into a narrow dirt and gravel path leading down a steep hill between houses. The path exits at the corner of Dunn’s Lane and Elm Street, directly across from the Elm Street Alley.  (See below.) Together, Knights Hill Road and Elm Street Alley  offer a short cut from Redd’s Pond to Washington Street.


 

Knight's Hill Road paved section near Redds Pond
1. Knight’s Hill Road paved section near Redds Pond
Half way down the path
2. Half way down the path
Knight's Hill Road path from Dunn's Lane
3. Knight’s Hill Road path from Dunn’s Lane

 

Hollyhock Lane

Hollyhock Lane begins as a narrow flagstone path located close to a house and becomes a grassy lane ending in a driveway on Merritt Street. This short public way is accessible from a small private  parking lot off Circle Street, near #116 Front Street.

 

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1. Hollyhock Lane entrance from Circle Street-stay on the grass walk between the brick walkway and the house.

 

Flagstone path
2. Flagstone path
Hollyhock Lane entrance from Merritt Street
3. Hollyhock Lane entrance from Merritt Street

 

Harvard Street

Harvard Street is a 40-foot wide public way located off Harbor Avenue and leading to the low water mark. The street ends at a set of stone steps to a pebble beach with a view of the mainland across the harbor.


 

Harvard Street entrance
1. Harvard Street entrance
Path to the beach
2. Path to the beach