Join Essex County Greenbelt for a walking tour of Whittier Hill, one of Amesbury's most picturesque and historic landmarks.
The tour will start at the Town Park on Friend Street and proceed through Greenbelt's Whittier Hill property. Along the way, tourgoers will learn about the history of the hill and its namesake family—which includes one of Amesbury's most famous residents, 19th century poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.
The challenging 2-mile round-trip route will follow an ancient Native American path—now a hiking trail—that leads to the crest of Whittier Hill. The crest offers spectacular views of Lake Gardner and Woodsom Farm. The tour is cosponsored by the Merrimack River Watershed Council and will be led by the MRWC's engagement specialist John Macone, an Amesbury resident. Whittier Hill is one of the newest trails in Amesbury, connecting the city-owned Woodsom Farm property to Amesbury's Town Park. In 2016, Essex County Greenbelt acquired the 21-acre parcel for permanent preservation and it opened to the public last year.