Trail Alerts

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 any questions can be directed to the race coordinator at

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.


Trail Alert: Myopia Polo Arena parking and Spring Run in Willowdale

| May 8, 2017

Trail Alerts!

For everyone who uses Myopia polo arena:  that the area around the polo arena will be off limits from May 9-20th because of parked tractor trailers and tents behind the arena. If equestrians wish to exercise or play polo in the arena, they may trailer in and park on the hillside along 1A and walk up the side road to the gate of the arena.

For all trail users:  ECTA will be hosting our annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon in Willowdale State Forest this Saturday, May 13th.  Below is a map of our course. There will be runners along this route from 8am to 12pm, so please be courteous and avoid this area during this time.  We very much appreciate it!

Trail Alert: Muddy Trails (the sequel)

| April 28, 2017

Trail Alert!

More wet weather is upon us and we would like to remind all trail users to resist the temptation to ride or bike on the trails until the ground has dried out.  Although we hope the trails dry out quickly, a good rule of thumb to follow is if you can leave a hoof print or tire track, then it is too wet to ride.  Thank you all for helping us keep the trails in good shape for everyone.

Also, we would like to suggest to all trail users to refresh themselves with the leash laws on DCR properties, which includes Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest.  When out with a dog, please keep your pup under control at all times, leashed where required, and kindly pick up after them.  ECTA encourages all trail users to be courteous to one another.


Trail Alert: Please Stay Off Wet Trails

| April 5, 2017

Trail Alert!

Due to the considerable amount of recent rain and with the expectation of more tomorrow, we ask all trail users to please refrain from riding on trails for the next couple of weeks until the ground dries out. We also ask for all equestrians to not ride on the Schooling Field during this wet time as well. Thank you for helping us keep the trails in good shape for everyone.

Stone Cat Trail Race in Willowdale

| October 24, 2016

The Stone Cat Trail Race will take place in Willowdale on November 5.  The race will be ongoing throughout the day with approximately 400 runners.

Trail Alert: Stick to Marked Trails on Private Property

| October 12, 2016

Trail Alert!

Please be aware while riding to pay attention to ECTA markings and stick to signed trails while going through private property.

Also, keep in mind that the trails are still damp from the recent rain and are more vulnerable to being churned up at present.


Trail Alert: Trail Run on Saturday in Hamilton

| September 14, 2016

Trail Alert!

ECTA will be hosting our 12th Annual Run for the Trails 5 and 10 Mile race this Saturday, September 17th, from 9am to 12pm.  It will start and end at the Myopia Schooling Field in Hamilton.  Below in blue is the course runners will be on.  While planning your weekend trail outing, please keep this race in mind.  Thank you!


Trail Alert: Manure on Driveways

| June 3, 2016

Trail Alert!


Please be courteous when riding on driveways and pick up any manure your horse leaves behind.  As always, we appreciate your help in keeping the area clear.

Trail Alert: Bridle Trails Open for Season

| May 27, 2016

Trail Alert!

Bridle trails are once again open for equestrian use.  We are so grateful to be able to enjoy the wonderful trails at Groton House Farm for the season.  Please continue to use caution in areas where the footing may be wet, and stay to the edges of any fields. Thank you to the Winthrop family for making these trails available!

Remember to thank a landowner today, they make it possible!