The Ward Reservation’s original acreage was donated by Mrs. Charles W. Ward in 1940 in memory of her husband.
The 704 acres of the reservation contains a couple of trails and former woods roads available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross country skiing.
On top of Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County, you’ll find the “Solstice Stones,” a compass-like arrangement of stones set up to mark the sunset on the longest and shortest days of the year.
The trails are nice and light enough for most kids to enjoy them.
My nephew just turned 10 and even though he complained (I don’t think he understand the point of the activity) he was able to finish it.