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Trail Alert: Trails CLOSED for Season

| November 29, 2017

Trail Alert! ALL TRAILS ON WINTHROP PROPERTY EXCEPT GROTON HOUSE FARM DRIVEWAYS BETWEEN HIGHLAND AND WINTHROP STREETS  ARE CLOSED DECEMBER 1 – MAY 1.  This includes all of Groton House Farm, Turner Hill Farm and Collarbone Field.  Please be considerate of our landowner’s request to stay off the trails during the winter season.  We will […]

Trail Alert: Stone Cat trail run in Willowdale on Saturday, Nov. 4

| November 3, 2017

Trail Alert! The Stone Cat Marathon trail run will be taking place in Willowdale State Forest this Saturday, Nov. 4th from 6:15am until 7:15 pm. There will be 400 runners out on the trails in Willowdale.  Please avoid this area during the race.  For more race information, check out the Stone Cat website here.

ECTA Receives State Grant

| September 29, 2017

ECTA is delighted to announce that we have been one of the lucky recipients of a state grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation!  Check out this article from the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle HERE!!!

Join us on Oct. 17th at Ipswich Ale!

| September 27, 2017

You’re invited to help ECTA officially launch our new pale ale, Trail Blazer. As a long time sponsor of ECTA fundraising, Ipswich Ale has generously created this delicious amber drink for us. Please come eat, drink and raise money for the Essex trail system. Ipswich Ale is generously donating a portion of the night’s food […]

Trail Alert: Race on Saturday at Appleton Farms

| September 22, 2017

Trail Alert! Please be aware that there is a trail running race happening at Appleton Farms this Saturday (Sept. 23) from 2-4 p.m.   The event will go on both the trails of the Farms and the Grass Rides, with roughly 600 runners in total. For further information on the race, please go to, and […]

Run for the Trails RESULTS!

| September 18, 2017

Thank you to all of the wonderful runners who came out on Saturday morning to help us celebrate some of our amazing local trails with our 13th Annual Run for the Trails 5 and 10 mile runs.  95 ran on Saturday, many of whom participated in our new team competition!  Many thanks to our dedicated […]

Run for the Trails on Saturday!!

| September 13, 2017

ECTA will be hosting our 13th Annual Run for the Trails 5 and 10 mile race this Saturday, September 16th.  The race is from 9am to 12pm, and starts at the Myopia Schooling Field in Hamilton.  If you would like to join us, we will be manning the registration tables starting at 7:30am.  Check us […]

Trail Alert: Beware of ground bees on trail

| August 28, 2017

Trail Alert! Please be aware, an active ground nest of bees has been reported on the trail that you pick up from the back entrance to Groton House Farm.  The trail goes up a hill from Winthrop Street, and if you take a right the bees are on the trail just before the fork.  

ECTA’s 1st Adventure Biathlon!!!

| July 19, 2017

Join ECTA for our inaugural Adventure Biathlon at Bradley Palmer State Park on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9am to 2pm!  This biathlon will take place on the trails and fields of Bradley Palmer and consist of a 5 mile run followed by a 10 mile bike.  You may either do this event as a […]

Many thanks for your support!

| June 19, 2017

On Saturday we celebrated our 35th anniversary with some of our closest trail friends at our Summer Solstice Party.  Thank you to all who showed up to support ECTA’s efforts in maintaining our wonderful trail networks.  We would like to specifically thank our sponsors: Salem 5 Bank, Mayer Tree Service, Ipswich Ale Brewery, Ben Nutter […]