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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!

Amazon and ECTA

by on December 5, 2016

Support Essex County Trail Association by shopping at AmazonSmile.  When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Essex County Trail Association at no additional cost to you!  Spread some cheer to your friends, family, and trails community!

Happy 2017!


November 19 Willowdale Bike Ride

by on October 24, 2016

Please join ECTA board member Scott Bumpus, owner of Seaside Cycle for a 2 hour intermediate mountain bike ride around Willowdale State Forest on Saturday, November 19th from 9-11am.  We will make a few brief stops along the way to highlight some of the projects that ECTA has been instrumental in helping to accomplish in the park.   (more…)

Discover Hamilton Trail Walk, Saturday Oct. 22nd

by on October 21, 2016

Notice for Saturday’s Walk: The walk will be rain or shine… with a small caveat of if there is a torrential downpour it will be canceled. Please meet us promptly at 8:45am at the parking lot across from Pingree to sign in before we leave at 9am. Please dress appropriately for a potentially rainy walk.  Ticks are out and about, so we recommend tucking your pants into your socks and using bug spray. We will have light refreshments at the half way point, which will be Black Oak Farm.


Run for the Trails Results are in!

by on September 19, 2016

Thank you all to those who were able to join us on Saturday, September 17th, for ECTA’s 12th Annual Run for the Trails 5 and 10 mile races. Results for the 5 mile race can be seen here, and the 10 mile race here.  The overall winners were John Ayers (5 miles, 31:35) and Greg Krathwohl (10 miles, 59:54).  For race winners by division, see below:


Online Pre-Registration for trail run is closed, but you can still sign up on race day!

by on August 8, 2016

Join ECTA on September 17th for our 12th Annual Run for the Trails 5 and 10 mile race!  Don’t miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore’s best trails!  Come early on race day to sign up! There are still spots available!

When:  Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 9am

Where: Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton

Virtual Race Series!

by on June 22, 2016

The Essex County Trails Association (ECTA) is pleased to announce its first ever virtual training trail running competition using the free  app!  The competition is free and is open to any runner, although only ECTA members will be eligible for a prize.  There will be prizes for each men’s and women’s age group winners. Age groups are: under 25, 25-50, over 50.  Check out our three different courses:  Appleton Farms, Willowdale, and Riverbend. (more…)

Celebrate the Solstice in Style!!

by on June 3, 2016

You’re Invited to Essex County Trail Association’s 3rd Annual Summer Solstice Party!  Join us under the tents at Groton House Farm on Saturday, June 18th from 6 – 10 p.m. 

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

Tickets are $65 per person, $600 for table of 10.  Reserve your tickets by phone (978-468-1133) or online here!    (more…)

The ECTAthlon is almost here!!

by on May 20, 2016

Essex County Trail Association’s relay competition is back for its 6th year!  That’s right, it is time to register your team for the ECTAthlon– a thrilling 4-leg relay race comprised of running, mountain biking, horseback riding, and kayaking!  Join us on Saturday, June 4th, 2016!  We start at Bradley Palmer State Park and end at the EBSCO parking lot for our post-race party in Ipswich.  Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Contact our office and we will help match you up with a team (978-468-1133). Registration is $50 per person ($200 per team) thru May 31st.  Sign up HERE!

Spring for the Trails Race Results!

by on May 18, 2016

The results for Saturday’s half marathon on May 14th are in!  We had a total of 148 runners join us in Willowdale on Saturday.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated, our volunteers and our FANTASTIC sponsors!  Check out the photos and videos from the event on our Facebook page here!

2nd Annual Spring for the Trails RESULTS-overall

2nd Annual Spring for the Trails RESULTS- Women by Division (more…)