Few places on the North Shore boast the natural beauty, seasonal variety, and historical value of Beverly Commons, a 126-acre preserve located right off of Route 127. In early spring, find the many vernal pools scattered throughout the area, home to many amphibians. By late spring, the Commons are rife with various wildflowers, mosses and ferns. Beverly Commons is a great destination for bird watchers, and one may see a variety of woodland birds such as the Winter Wren, Scarlet Tanager and Broad-winged Hawk. Historically known as “Witches Woods” due to the high number of families who sought refuge in the area during the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, Beverly Commons boasts significant historical value and makes for an unforgettable day trip.
Photo Credit: Essex County Greenbelt Association