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ECTA Receives State Grant

by on 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!

by on 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 and drinks proceeds to ECTA. When and Where?  Tuesday, October 17, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, located at 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich. Memberships will be available at the door!  All are welcome, free to attend.

Run for the Trails RESULTS!

by on 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 volunteers, enthusiastic runners, and very generous sponsors.   Check out the results below! (more…)

Run for the Trails on Saturday!!

by on 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 out!

ECTA’s 1st Adventure Biathlon!!!

by on 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 team (each member must register individually), or as an individual. Register today!!

Many thanks for your support!

by on 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 Architects, Rich May Law, and Seaside Cycle.  Also, thank you to Flying High Stables for their generous contribution! Missed the party but would still like to donate? Click the donate tab below, and thank you!

Get Your Summer Solstice Tickets Now!

by on May 24, 2017

You’re Invited to Essex County Trail Association’s 4th Annual Summer Solstice Party!  Join us under the tents at Groton House Farm on Saturday, June 17th from 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Come enjoy tasty food, cool drinks, live music and a silent auction!

Tickets are $75 per person, $700 for table of 10.  Get your tickets today!

Spring For The Trails Results

by on May 15, 2017

The results are in! Thank you to everyone who ran on Saturday, and thank you to all of our generous sponsors!!!

282 pictures are posted here.

Please support ECTA and our trails by purchasing some of the pictures shown. Thank you!

ECTAthlon will be back next year!

by on May 8, 2017

ECTA will be taking this year off of the ECTAthlon in order to focus on a few new events coming up this season.  Please come out for our National Trails Day walk with IRWA on Saturday, June 3rd.  We will also be having a trail ride up Sagamore Hill on May 28th.  Later in the season we will be introducing a new bike/run event in Bradley Palmer… details to follow!  So, fear not, the ECTAthlon will be back!  Keep checking back in for more events updates!

Happy 35th Anniversary, ECTA!

by on January 18, 2017

2017 marks Essex County Trail Association’s 35th anniversary!  ECTA was founded in 1982, and has grown throughout the decades to encompass over 450 miles of trails throughout 6 towns in Essex County.  In honor of this milestone, we would like to call upon all avid trail users to not only renew your memberships, but also to bring one more outdoor enthusiast into the fold! With a strong membership base we hope to make it another 35 years and beyond! We cannot do it without your support! Help us celebrate our anniversary and join or renew now!