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Welcome To Our Recreation Webpage

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Just some of the joys of living in Nahant...aerobics, dance and yoga...beaches, boating baseball, basketball, biking, birding and bingo... golfing... fishing... music and more... parks, playgrounds, paddle and other pastimes... running, walking and strolling on a summers night... sun, sand, sailing, softball, soccer and swimming... tennis anyone?

Also find out more about the Short Beach Master Plan and other projects.

Nahant Thicket Wildlife Sanctuary | Update 2018

Mass Audubon is preparing to conduct restoration work at Nahant Thicket Wildlife Sanctuary.

Restoration efforts will focus on three major goals:
1) managing vegetation to enhance wildlife habitat and the visual appeal of the outer boundaries of the thicket;

2) addressing hydrological constraints that may contribute to localized flooding; and

3) improving the visitor experience through improved parking, signage
, and trails. For more information please read our restoration plan by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding this project please contact Amber Carr: (781) 259-2198

Our Beaches

Nahant has many beaches that offer year round opportunities for young and old. Here's a list, some are named more than once...can you guess which ones?

Long Beach...
Black Rock Beach... Short Beach... Stoney Beach... Forty Steps Beach... Bass Beach... Canoe Beach... Petticoat Beach... Thomas Beach... Joseph's Beach... Longfellow Beach... Curlew Beach... Crystal Beach... Willow Beach... Tudor Beach...Pond Beach

Other Links
Town of Nahant Beach Water Testing
Black Rock Beach | Canoe Beach | Forty Steps Beach  | Short Beach  | Tudor Beach 

Nahant Beach Reservation (DCR)  North of Bathhouse | Flagpole | Parking Section 9 | South Site 
Lynn Shore and Nahant Beach Reservation

Welcome to Nahant's Heritage Trail
Nahant Open Space Committee | June 2012

Trail Nahant's Heritage Trail is a Town-owned trail that links Short Beach to Bailey's Hill. A description of each trail section is available by clicking the tabs on the left side of this webpage.

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.

New Item Heritage Trail Tri-Fold Map (PDF)
  Download The 2012 Trail Map CLICK HERE
  Printing tips are available under the Download Tab on the left of this webpage.

Short Beach | 0.4 Miles


Begin at the Trail Marker at Little Nahant Playground. Follow the sidewalk past the Life Saving Station and Castle Road. Cross Nahant Rd at the crosswalk to the parking lot Trail Kiosk.

Note | To walk a loop from the parking lot, walk north on the beach itself and follow the above to return.

Midway along the Beach is the historic Nahant Life Saving Station, built in 1898, transferred to the United States Coast Guard in 1915, and deeded back to the Town in 2001.

Short Beach is a splendid barrier beach. The dunes support a stunning mix of wild flowers including Beach Pea, Sea Rocket, and Wild Radish. The Milkweed attracts Monarch Butterflies, and Bayberry attracts flocks of Tree Swallows. Thousands of migrating shorebirds depend on this beach from July through October. Look for terns and dainty Bonaparte's Gulls during the warmer months.

Lowlands | 0.3 Miles


Begin at the Trail Kiosk at Short Beach parking lot. A few yards along the Trail, choose either side of the fork to merge back onto the main trail. Follow to Flash Road and cross to the Trail Marker.

From 1905 through 1930, the Nahant and Lynn Street Railway ran on a wooden trestle through what is now the parking lot. Over the years this area has hosted sporting events, military exercises, and circuses - complete with elephants.

The diverse wetland and woodland habitat attracts many birds during spring and fall migration. Yellow Warblers, Robins, Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Grackles nest here. Warm sunny days bring Monarch and Red Admiral butterflies.

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


From the Trail Marker behind the Johnson School follow the line of trees to the Community Garden and through the birch woods. Wooden steps lead up a short slope to Goddard Drive and the base of the Fort Ruckman Bunkers.

The wooden steps follow the former World War II wooden plank walkway to the Fort Ruckman barracks located along Goddard Drive. Listen for the very vocal House Wrens.

Fort Ruckman and Bailey's Hill | 0.3 Miles

Bailey's Hill

From the intersection of Gardner and Trimountain Roads, follow the gravel road to the top of Fort Ruckman to the Trail Marker on the left. (Before continuing, explore the spectacular overlooks to the south and to the northeast.)

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.

From Bailey's Hill Park, look back to the switchback trail for remains of Gun Number 2 of the underground fortification, Battery Gardner.

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.

The wooded hillsides attract birds and butterflies and the shoreline is active with terns and shorebirds in summer and a variety of waterfowl in winter.

End at the top of Bailey's Hill | ~1.4 Miles Total

Download and Print Our Trifold Guide and Map

We would like to thank Jerry Butler and Calantha Sears of the Nahant Historical Society for helping research and prepare our Heritage Trail guide.

New Item Heritage Trail Tri-Fold Map (PDF)
  Download The 2012 Trail Map CLICK HERE

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;

- Little Nahant Playground
- Lowlands Softball Field(s)
- Lowlands Playground
- Flash Road Ball Field(s)
- Flash Road Playground
- Plesant Street Playground
- Marjoram Hill Park
- Henry Cabot Lodge Park

Pleasant Street Plaground


Parking In Nahant
Parking in most area of Nahant requires a Parking Sticker.
Resident Parking Sign

For visitors wishing to use our beaches beachs, there is public parking at Long Beach which is the beach on your left as you enter Nahant via the Causeway. This beach is operated by the DCR and open year round, dawn to dusk.  There is a fee for parking at Long Beach, 8 AM to 6 PM, May - September

Beach Parking

Parking in Nahant and at Nahant Beaches requires a resident parking sticker. Click here for more information regarding parking in Nahant.

Winter Parking

The Town of Nahant has a Winter Parking Policy stating that all vehicles without a Winter Parking Waiver must be parked off the street during the hours of 12 AM until 6 AM, late December through late March. See the link below for and up-to-date schedule.

All vehicles parked on the streets during this period are subject to a parking ticket, and the vehicle being towed at the owners’ expense. The Nahant Police will strictly enforce this policy.

Click here to visit the Nahant Police Winter Parking page for current schedule and details.

Nahant Recreational Activities and Organizations
Nahant Dory Club

Swampscott Nahant Youth Lacrosse
January 2021 Update:
Dear SNYL Family, Spring Registration for both girls and boys travel teams U9, U11, U13 & U15 (1st grade through 8th grade) is open! Spring 2021 Registration Link. Late fees start 1/15/2021 and after 2/1/2021 all travel team registrations will be waitlisted...see registration for waitlist details.
Registration for U7 for boys and girls (Pre-K and Kindergarten)  is open until 4/23/2021. There is no late fee associated with this as it is an in-town non-travel beginners program. Need Help? For questions about the Spring Registration 2021 Click Here! We’re also on Facebook – Swampscott/Nahant Youth Lacrosse and Instagram - #snylbigblue.

Nahant Little League
Nahant Platform Tennis Court (Public Access Info)
Nahant Sailing Program
Nahant Tennis At The Nahant Country Club
Nahant Junior Tennis Lessons At The Nahant Country Club
Nahant Youth Soccer

If you would like to see yoursports or recerational gruop here please send an email to us with your info and links.

Tennis Summer 2020

Registrations are available in the bulletin board next to the courts at the Nahant Country Club.

Welcome To The Nahant Recreation Commission

Committee Members | Appointed by the Moderator
Jennifer McCarthy (Chair) | Robyn Howard (Secretary) | Kellie Frary

Fourth of July Sub-Committee
| Britte Roosien, Chair
Anthony Roosien | David Krauter | Alexa Krauter | Elizabeth Carlson
John DeCamp | Michael Schena | Roxanne Schena | Sarah Mellen | Terry Maguire

Fireworks Sub-Committee
Jennifer McCarthy

The Nahant Recreation Commission is planning its annual summer Tot-Lot program at the Flash Road playground during the summer. The Commission is looking for interested teens to work the program, Mondays through Fridays from 8:45 AM -12:15 PM  starting in July for 6 weeks.  We typically hire two teens to run the sports part of the program and two teens to run the arts and craft part.  Anyone interested should send a letter of interest to

FMI or if you have questions you can either send an email to the above email address or call Jen McCarthy at (781) 592-5272

2012 Fireworks
2013 Nahant Fireworks T-Shirt


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  Monies raised will benefit the free summer park program run by the Commission. 
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