When you Discover Haverhill, you'll discover there is something for everyone in every season!
From twelve miles of the Merrimack River for boating, to eight lakes and ponds for swimming and fishing, to skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, kart racing, and five golf courses - Discover year 'round recreation fun in Haverhill today!
When you discover Haverhill, you’ll discover there is something for everyone in every season. With twelve miles of the Merrimack River for boating, hiking and eagle viewing to eight lakes and ponds for swimming and fishing, to skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, kart racing, movies, music, and five golf courses – Discover year ’round recreation fun in Haverhill today!
Take a stroll or take a seat, but do stop and enjoy the sights of the Merrimack River. Commanding spectacular river views, there are several parks along the Merrimack (see list) that are open to walkers, joggers and sightseers.
Public boat docks downtown and at the Crescent Yacht Club encourage boaters to visit the historic restaurant district and experience incredible public art and architecture. A public boat launch provides access to the river for canoes, kayaks and powerboats.
The Merrimack River is navigable from downtown Haverhill downstream to Newburyport for powerboats, wave runners, non-power boats and sailboats (depending on the size of the mast). Upstream provides great adventures for kayaks, canoes and other shallow water boats.
Eight lakes and ponds attract fishermen through out the season. Dive into summer’s cool waters at Lake Saltonstall, known to Haverhill’s ‘Hillies’ as Plug Pond. Millvale Reservoir and Pentucket Lake are stocked with trout by the State of Massachusetts.
Walkers, joggers, cross country skiers, and horseback riders explore nine miles of beautiful trails over 200 acres at Kenoza Lake and Winnekenni Basin and Recreational Area. Tennis courts are also available.
Crystal Lake includes the Crystal Point Conservation area and ten acres of trails.
Riverside Park has five baseball diamonds, five softball diamonds, and a mile-long walking path along the Merrimack River. It has restroom facilities, three basketball courts, a street hockey area, a carry-top boat ramp, two tot-lots, a handicapped swing set, two parking lots, volleyball court, skating area, two horseshoe pits, and four tennis courts.
Washington Landing Playground on the banks of the south side of the Merrimack River has benches where people can sit and watch boats along the river.
The newly open Bradford Rail Trail on the southern side of the Merrimack River occupies 1.3 miles of the former Pan Am rail lines, beautifying an area for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and other non-motorized users. The Clement Farm Trail is open to the public for hiking, biking, nature study, fishing, photography, x-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
The Whittier Trail
A trail guide, available at Whittier’s Birthplace and the Haverhill Public Library, features a driving tour of Haverhill and other sites associated with J.G. Whittier and his poems.
The Freeman Memorial Trail
A walking tour takes participants on a journey to 13 stations located on Whittier’s Birthplace property. Each station is a landmark cited in Whittier’s poetry or his many biographies. A brochure providing quotations and descriptions is available at Whittier’s Birthplace.
Active Farms In Haverhill
The diverse landscape of Haverhill includes activities at still-active farms. Owned by the City of Haverhill, the 150-acre Tattersall Farm offers 19th century plantings, working hayfields, rolling meadows and wooded paths for walking, jogging, and cross-country skiing.
A family run farm since 1820, Kimball Farm is famous for their corn maze and winter sleigh rides. In the Bradford section of Haverhill, Rogers Spring Hill Farm, a family owned farm since 1902, offers pick your own strawberries, apples and pumpkins. Local maple syrup is also available. School tour field trips are offered during September and October.
Winter Doesn’t Slow Down
Winter in Haverhill is a panorama of outdoor activity. From cross country ski trails to Ski Bradford with its thirteen trails, three triple chair lifts, one T-bar, and three rope tows, to skating on many ponds or the city owned Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink, Haverhill becomes a winter wonderland of activity.
The riverfront is host to a holiday season boat parade and eight lakes and ponds become playgrounds for figure skaters and hockey players in the winter.
For Indoor Fun
Visit Chunky’s Movie Theatre, check out any one of three bowling alleys or Checkered Flag Indoor carting which boasts a 23,000 square foot speedway track.