Breakheart Reservation Massachusetts covers 652 acres.
There are two towns that the reservation runs through. We have Breakheart Reservation Saugus and Breakheart Reservation Wakefield.
Since there are two locations, you also have two options when parking for Breakheart Reservation (shown below).
Breakheart Reservation Wakefield Entrance is located at:
Northeast Metro Tech School, 100 Hemlock Rd, Wakefield, MA 01880
Breakheart Reservation Saugus Entrance is located at:
177 Forest St, Saugus, MA 01906
Once you see a shopping center with Marshalls and Panera Bread, you are on the right track. Breakheart Reservation is located right near there and there is a big sign so you won’t miss it.
I usually park at the Breakheart Reservation Saugus entrance. They have the visitor center and more information on the reservation. They also have a parking lot and you can park along the road heading to the entrance.
I live about 40 minutes away from Breakheart Reservation, so I don’t go as often as I’d like to. I usually go when I have some errands to run up on route 1.
I enjoy just going there for a walk on a sunny summer day. Even when it is cold, it is still an amusing walk.
I’m usually able to surpass my 10,000 steps after my walk through Breakheart Reservation.
However, there are countless activities to do there, from biking to swimming. You can even bring your dog to the dog park!!
There’s information about the trails on All Trails. This is website is always super helpful when planning a hike.
There’s a huge forest in the reservation and cute little creatures. I’ve seen some chipmunks as well as snakes.
Inside of the 652-acre reservation, they have two freshwater lakes: Pearce Lake and Silver Lake.
I’ve swum at one of the lakes, Pearce Lake, at Breakheart Beach, a few times before. The last time I swam there, I got out of the water and there were a few leeches on me so I don’t think I’ll ever swim in there again LOL. It is beautiful clear-ish water though.
To get to Pearce Lake (below), AKA the Lower Pond where Breakheart Beach is, it’s easier to park at the Wakefield entrance.
You cannot swim at Silver Lake but it is still nice to look at. You could even see some interesting wildlife that lives throughout the reservation.
There are a few designated spots to have a picnic on the reservation which is always nice. I have yet to do that.
You can walk on the paved path or go off the path and follow the colored dots on the trees. Not sure if there is an actual term for that LOL.
I’ve walked a few of the paths that they have such as the Saugus River Trail and just the regular paved path. The last time I went there I tried to walk a different path but I ended up on the Saugus River Trail. At least I tried, right?
As stated before, Breakheart Reservation sits right on route 1 so after your hike, you can go get something delicious to eat. There are countless restaurants and a variety of them. Kelly’s Roast Beef and Panera Bread are both right outside of the Saugus entrance and then there are other restaurants on the other side of the highway such as Border Cafe and Prince Pizzeria.
I am not too sure if there are restaurants on the Breakheart Reservation Wakefield entrance. Even if there aren’t any, route 1 is just right on the other side of the reservation so it is not too far or long of a drive.
Breakheart Reservation Massachusetts is an amusing and free adventure for individuals or the whole family! Just make sure you bring a lot of bug spray and sunblock. I usually forget at least one of the two 😂