Burn Permits - Fire Department issued Open Burning Permits are now available online! Open burning will be from January 15, 2020, through May 1, 2020, as in year’s past. Each day during the open burning season, permit holders will need to register online on days they want to burn. You can find directions on the town website by going to the Fire Department page in the related link section midway down on the page. For anyone without access to a computer, permits can be processed at the station on a limited basis only.

Chebacco Woods was purchased in 1997 from Gordon College by the Towns of Hamilton and Manchester by-the-Sea. After a long and dedicated effort to preserve this parcel from the development, lasting several years, the Towns became joint owners using a combination of state self-help fund grants, local municipal conservation fund monies and privately raised donations. At the time of the purchase, the acquisition was the largest single conveyance of a parcel for public conservation purposes on the North Shore since World War II.

CWLMC is the entity which administers and supervises “Chebacco Woods”. CWLMC has members from both Towns, appointed by both Town’s Boards of Selectmen and Conservation Commissions. Please contact the Hamilton Commission coordinator jhankin@hamiltonma.gov for information on how to get in touch with CWLMC directly.

Entrances to the Woods are located off Chebacco Rd in Hamilton. There is limited public parking available on Chebacco Rd. for Chebacco Woods users. CWLMC maintains the trails in the Woods and provides maps and services to anyone, who uses the Woods for passive recreational purposes.

Chebacco Woods is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. Hiking, biking, jogging, equestrian use, kayaking and canoeing on Round Pond and Gravelly Pond are allowed, as is fishing as long as no motorized crafts are used. Over-night camping is not permitted and hunting is not permitted in Chebacco Woods.


Leash Law:

Attention dog owners and dog walkers. The Hamilton leash law applies in Chebacco Woods. Whether leashed or unleashed, your dog, or dogs, must be under strict control while exercising in the Woods. Further, dogs are not permitted to swim in any of the ponds on the property.


Name Term
Susanna McLaughlin Hamilton/Manchester 2018
Jack Haas Hamilton 2019
Ralph Smith Manchester 2019
Virginia Cookson Hamilton 2020
Michael Mack Manchester 2020