A town lying within Essex County, North Andover is the parent town of the Andovers. The town lies south of the Merrimack River and is home to portions of a lot of conservation land, such Harold Parker State Forest, Boxford State Forest, and the Charles W. Ward Reservation. North Andover has a lot of neighboring cities, making day trips between towns a breeze. Lawrence, MA is to the north, Boxford to the east, Andover to the west, and North Reading to the southwest. North Andover is filled with a lot of shopping, restaurants, and a variety of outdoor activities. A small portion of Interstate 495 running through North Andover providing easy access to the highway and surrounding towns and beyond. Driving distance to select cities: Lawrence, MA: 3.5 miles, Boston, MA: 25 miles, Manchester, NH: 30 miles.