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Welcome to Nahant's Heritage Trail
The description below begins at the north end of Short Beach and traverses 1.4 miles south to Bailey's Hill through five Trail Sections. Parking is available at the Short Beach lot off Ward Road; Playing Fields lot off Flash Road; Bailey's Hill lot at Trimountain and Bass Point Roads. A permit may be required at certain times of year.
Short Beach | 0.4 Miles
Note | To walk a loop from the parking lot, walk north on the beach itself and follow the above to return.
Lowlands | 0.3 Miles
Playing Fields | 0.2 Miles
Enter the Flash Road Playground. Follow the Trail Markers to the rear of the Fire Station, along the border of the parking lot to the ball field, and between the two rows of trees to the Trail Marker behind the Johnson School.
This area was part of Fort Ruckman, active during the two World Wars. South of the playground were a mess hall, an infirmary and movie theater! The Nahant Fire Station was once a military fire house. The ball fields were once Parade Grounds.
Canada Geese, Brant and Snow Geese forage in winter and Tree and Barn Swallows fly in search of insects in summer.
Community Garden and Birch Woods | 0.2 Miles
Fort Ruckman and Bailey's Hill | 0.3 Miles
Proceed down the steep switchback trail to Bailey's Hill Park and follow the Trail Markers to Bailey's Hill. Ascend the hill on the asphalt path. For a less demanding hike, return to Trimountain Road and walk to the Bailey's Hill Park entrance on the left.
The flat green of the park housed soldiers in tents, then a rifle range. Bailey's Hill itself was used for surveillance and weaponry in the two World Wars and as a Nike missile site in 1955. Currently, the green is much loved as a park highlighted by the lovely Sears Pavilion Gazebo.
End at the top of Bailey's Hill | ~1.4 Miles Total
Download and Print Our Trifold Guide and Map
Printing Tips | The Heritage Trail Brochure is designed as in the "tri-fold" format and can printed and folded as such. Be sure to check you printers settings for the best results (see below)
1) Select | "landscape" printing
2) Select | "actual size" vs. "scale or fit" settings
3) Paper Size | 8.5 x 11
Our Parks and Playgrounds
Nahant has many parks and playground's that offer year round fun for everyone. Here's a brief list;
Parking In Nahant
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Welcome To The Nahant Recreation Commission
Committee Members | Appointed by the Moderator
The Nahant Recreation Commission has a new sweatshirt for sale. We have youth and adult sizes. All sizes are available in three different styles: crew that is just a pull over, it has no hood, a hooded pullover and a zipper sweatshirt that has a hood. Prices for all kids sizes are $30.00 and adults range from $30.00 - $40.00 depending on the style.To purchase a sweatshirt or for more information please call Jen McCarthy at 781-592-5272 or send an email to email@example.com Monies raised will benefit the free summer park program run by the Commission.
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