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Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center
177 Forest Street, Saugus, MA 01906

(781) 233 - 0834

DCR website - Breakheart    


Directions to Breakheart Reservation:
From north or south:
Take Rte. 1 to Lynn Fells Parkway exit, follow Lynn Fells Parkway a short distance,
(in vicinity of Target, Marshall's, across from Petrie's Florist),
take a right onto Forest Street. 
Park entrance is after Kasabuski Ice Skating Rink.

The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk. 

Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky
outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the
Saugus River. 
Seven rocky hills, over 200
feet high, provide vistas of
Boston, southern New Hampshire
and central
Massachusetts.  An extensive
trail system through the woodlands guides
visitors to various areas of the
reservation.  Fishing in Silver and Pearce Lakes, hiking
the trails and
bird watching by the Saugus River are popular year-round activities.

The reservation is closed to vehicles year round, providing a fresh air
atmosphere for visitors. 
Parking is available at the Forest Street
lot in Saugus,
and the Northeast Vocational School parking lot in Wakefield.

The supervised swimming area at Pearce Lake, one of the few fresh- water
swimming spots north of Boston, draws crowds in the summer. 

In addition
to its natural resources, the reservation has a
rich cultural history.


2015 Programs & Events

Many events at Breakheart are co-sponsored by MA DCR
and the Friends of Breakheart Reservation & Camp Nihan 

All events, programs and activities are subject to change.
Please take a moment to call ahead to confirm.

(781) 233 - 0834 



The Fall Festival is an annual celebration of fall in New England at
Breakheart Reservation, 177 Forest Street, Saugus.  (781) 233-0834

It is a family event with pumpkin decorating, face painting, fall arts & crafts,
games for kids, apple cider tasting, candy in the hay, a Halloween preview,
DCR mounted rangers, a working apple press, and lots more.

Please come early and enjoy the day!


Ranger Dan’s Nature Walks

Sundays  from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Please confirm with Breakheart staff  (781) 233 - 0834
to make sure Walk has not been cancelled due to weather.

Explore Breakheart Reservation at a gentle family-friendly pace.

Meet at Dunne Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus
For information please call


Breakheart Reservation: Advanced Hike

Please call (781) 233 - 0834 to confirm dates and times.

Join Park Rangers and explore the MassParks trail system of DCR’s North Region.

Hikes cover several miles and may be too strenuous for children under 10.   
No dogs, please.
Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather,
bring water, and a high energy snack.
Meet at Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center, 177 Forest St, Saugus


For additional information about the many FREE programs

offered in your State Parks, please visit
MA DCR website

 call (781) 233 - 0834 
or e-mail     


The following DCR Staff-Led Programs
are offered Free of Charge to your school or organization

Breakheart Movie Nights

FREE for all ages.

At the Breakheart Reservation Visitor Center
with hot cocoa, a roaring fire (when appropriate), and a family movie.
Dress the kids in their PJ’s and bring a cozy blanket for a fun family night out.
Plenty of free parking. Early birds get the rocking chairs!

For more info
rmation, please call (781) 233-0834
The Friends of Breakheart & Camp Nihan provided the audio visual magic
machinery to present family friendly fare on the big screen.

We welcome your organization to sponsor a family movie night
at our fabulous hunting-lodge-style Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center.

Coastal Awareness Environmental Education Program

click here to view / print flyer

By appointment January through April
A DCR educator is available to visit schools, libraries, hospitals,
and other meeting places to present the 1-hour programs listed below.
(Note that no live animals are used.)

Delightful Shorebirds  -  for children in grades 4 through 6
During this lively presentation utilizing games and activities, children will
learn about shorebirds that live on or visit the coast of Massachusetts,
and some of the problems that they face.
In order to perform the activities, a large meeting area is needed
for the children to move around in.

Sea Turtle Surprises  -  for children in grades K through 5
During this lively presentation, children will learn about turtles that visit
the coast of Massachusetts and some of the problems that they face.

Spectacular Seashell Animals  -  for children in grades 4 through 12
Using hands-on activities, children and teenagers
will learn about
animals with shells that live in coastal and marine habitats.

Environmental Ethics  -  for children in grades 6 through 12
Using games, activities and discussion children
and teenagers will
explore issues surrounding conservation, land use, and wildlife.
may need to supply some materials for this program
(markers and large pieces of paper).

Contact Matthew Nash to arrange a visit to your meeting place.
or call (781) 485 - 2804  ext. 105

Park Field Trips by Appointment
Educators and youth leaders are welcomed to book field trips to beautiful
DCR North Region (Metro North) forest, marsh, and coastal locales.
For more info and registration call (781) 231-1203
or email

Call for this travelling slide show of the prettiest places in the Commonwealth
to come to your Senior Center, Library, or Civic Organization.
By appointment
Contact Lynn Hildenbrand at (781) 231-1203

The Civilian Conservation Corps put people to work during the Great Depression.
See how the Pinecone Johnnys made public lands
into the recreation havens we know and love to this day.

For more info, call (781) 231-1203 or email


Breakheart Offers Trails for Hiking, Walking, and Jogging


Map of Breakheart Trails

Color Map of Breakheart Trails

Information on Breakheart Trails

Healthy Heart Trails
DCR is excited to promote the Healthy Heart Trails initiative to promote better health.
Over 50 trails will be designated statewide in the hope Massachusetts residents will
make them part of their regular exercise routine.
Healthy HeartTrails measure approximately 1.5 miles or less in length and are easy to moderate.

The Fox Run Trail to Saugus River Trail at Breakheart is designated a Healthy Heart Trail.
The trail begins off the main parking lot near the visitor center. (1.4 miles - Moderate)


Breakheart is a great place for you and your dog
to go for a long, healthy walk.

Just remember to bring a leash and please pick up after your dog.

Picking up after your dog is a service YOU can do for the community.

To learn how your actions impact us all, please read:
A message from Earl, the pooper scooper hound - click here


Breakheart Reservation Dog Park - Bark Place
Bark Place is the only area in Breakheart Reservation where dogs are allowed off leash,
is reserved exclusively for the
use of dogs and their people.

More About Bark Place
click here



Anita Murray, Secretary

(781) 640 - 7253 

Jim Smith, Chairman            Peter Rossetti, Treasurer


Breakheart Reservation Needs You!

  Due to cutbacks in staff and funds, your beloved reservation faces a big challenge.
  Without your help, some programs and services may have to be curtailed or eliminated.

  How can you help?
  By joining the new Breakheart Volunteer Team.
The need for volunteers currently exists for:

Opening and staffing the Visitors Center

Movie Night staffing

Park wellness checks

For more information please contact:  


For additional programs and information visit: 

Department of Conservation & Recreation

Friends of Alewife Reservation

Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Friends of Breakheart Reservation

Charles River Conservancy

The Esplanade Association

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Greater Boston New Eng. Mtn. Bike Assoc.

Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach

Friends of the Mystic River

Mystic River Watershed Association

Revere Beach Partnership

Saugus River Watershed Association


ED MURRAY (1942 - 2012)
Breakheart Reservation and the Friends of Breakheart lost a real friend
Ed Murray, our long time Chairman, will be missed by many as the most ardent
defender of, and generous contributor to the park.  He was never afraid to speak
up about issues or contribute to a cause.  He was also the sole sponsor of the
Breakheart Concert Series.  Although his failing health prevented him from
participating in many events in the last 20 months of his life, Breakheart issues
remained in his heart, until it failed him on February 17, 2012.

Any contributions in Ed's memory to the "Friends of Breakheart Reservation"
would be greatly appreciated and what he would have wanted as his legacy.

Please mail checks to: " Friends of Breakheart - 172 Forest Street, Saugus, MA 01906

Thank you


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