Pipestave Hill and Mill Pond:

Click Here for Trail and Area Video Courtesy of Deb Hamilton


Equestrian Recreation


Be aware that dogs may be off-leash throughout the area

Some riders bring their dogs along while riding on the trails

No horses or dogs are allowed on athletic fields



Trails are cleared by volunteers, some are centuries old others newly cleared

Trails are marked with colored diamond markers (blue, red, green, orange, yellow as marked on maps)

Various natural terrains of hills, flats, fields -

These are not over groomed, graded bridle paths.

Terrain can be at times rocky with the crossing of streams and muddy areas

Horse wading area at pond

Some trails have bridges use your judgement as to ride, lead or retreat



Horses are permitted to wade at an area set aside for horses and dogs to do so.

Please WALK only near the pond and roadways leading to and from the pond; This area is too congested for any other gait.

There are many families with young children and dogs there that are not familiar with horses.  

Horses are no longer allowed to wade near the dock area.

There is a separate area beyond the telephone poles.


Cross Country Fields

Non frangible jumps

Various heights on hills and flat

Cross Country jumping is very different from jumping in a ring with sand footing.

It is never advised to attempt without training or alone.


Enclosed Practice Rings

NO Lunging

NO leaving of horses to graze the fences are not of field quality



Park at top of Pipestave Hill, at Mill Pond lower field, or at Mill Pond


Pipestave Equestrian Area Main Parking Lot  (get Directions)

At the end of the lot an area is reserved for Horse trailers

Please clean up any manure, hay or shavings

The lot is also used for the ball fields so can be hectic if an event is going on

We have a tab for Athletic Field Events Calendar

Most activity is after school hours during the school year


Mill Pond Parking Lot (lower field)

Is not advised for large trailers due to the narrow road in and out

 The area is heavily utilized by dog walkers for parking. The area becomes very congested.


Mill Pond Parking (right at the Pond and Meeting House)

Is an area you want to check out before bringing a trailer down. 

It can become very congested and the roads are rough and gutted. 

There is limited turn around space if you can make the steep hill.


Dogs are permitted to be off leash throughout the area


Shared Activities of Area:



Horseback riding




Organized Interscholastic Athletic Activities

(soccer, lacrosse, baseball, cross country running, etc. during school year )



Open dawn to dusk

Leashed dogs in parking areas, on roads, around Mill Pond.  Voice Control in woods and fields.  

No horses or dogs are allowed on athletic fields.

Designated wading area for horses and dogs in Mill Pond in signed area only.

Fishing from dock only and non-motorized boats allowed.

Designated parking for horse trailers at parking lot on Pipestave Hill, next to horse ring. 

Park at top of Pipestave Hill, at Mill Pond lower field, or at Mill Pond.



Town of West Newbury/Mill Pond Committee


Below the map is a description of Pipestave Hill and Mill Pond Trails as well as horse sense rules. 

There are multiple parking area please read descriptions all do not accomodate all trailers. 

All trails can be reached from the main/central parking area.

In Case of Emergency call 911: Location West Newbury, MA - Pipestave Hill be sure to be descriptive of the area you are in.

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