Dogs prohibited from entering Caryl Park from Caryl Loop
This hike is a great bang-for-your-buck option to stretch the legs and get a short workout with a rewarding view. It utilizes the Caryl Loop
, Noanet Peak Trail
, and a few unmarked connectors around the summit. Expect to see some trail users during weekends or in the spring and fall, but don't be surprised if you find yourself alone for a good portion of the hike.
Need to Know
Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
From Caryl Park in Dover, find the trailhead for the Caryl Loop
as it heads south through the woods and past a few houses. Just past the boulder, at intersection 3, turn right (south) onto the yellow-blazed Noanet Peak Trail
. Here, you'll begin the gradual climb. Keep an eye out for rocks and roots.
Just under a mile from the trailhead, keep an eye out for intersection 6 and the unmarked Noanet Peak Direct
trail. There are a few unmarked trails in this area. Use the Hiking Project mobile app
to navigate or keep heading up to the southeast to find the summit. Worse comes to worst, you'll hit the Noanet Peak Trail
, which you can follow up to the summit. On a clear day, you'll find a view overlooking Noanet Woodlands and Hale Reservation and the chance to spot the Boston skyline beyond. This high point also marks the halfway point.
Staying on the Noanet Peak Trail
, head left (north) along the ridge as the trail descends toward Mill Pond. Here you'll find an old dam and mill site. Continue north on the Caryl Loop
back toward Caryl Park and the trailhead parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Thrushes, warblers, tanagers, orioles, hawks, painted turtles, frogs, marsh marigold, pink lady's slipper, etc.
History & Background
Native American hunting ground, mill/dam site, and preserved space. Most recently, this land was purchased by Amelia Peabody in 1923 and donated for preservation after her death in 1984.
Shared By: Zander Göpfert