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The North Shore area has extraordinary recreational trails. Since 1982, Essex County Trail Association has worked to protect and preserve hundreds of miles of trails in Essex, Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield, Wenham, and West Newbury. With the help of our team of trail stewards and many volunteers, ECTA maintains and repairs these trails in partnership with public and private landowners, land trusts and local conservation commissions. Our members provide a vital source of funding for trail projects. Come explore these incredible trails, and help us continue our work by supporting ECTA.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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TRAIL ALERTS

April 24, 2023: New England Biolabs has begun construction of their new childcare facility. The trail from 1A to Fellows Road will be temporarily closed starting today and will remain closed for

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Donibristle Reservation, Topsfield Completed in partnership with Essex County Greenbelt, this project was a much needed solution to a muddy section of the main trail. We raised the trail, installed a

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LATEST NEWS

Thank you to all our volunteers, runners, and sponsors! Complete results list: CLICK HERE Photos: CLICK HERE

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TRAIL-USER REPORTS
  • Willowdale / Topsfield

    Willowdale / Topsfield

    Big tree down just past the junction of trails 4 & 5 (There is a 4 trail stake there, but I’m not sure which trail …Read more
  • Willowdale trail 32

    Willowdale trail 32

    Tree down across trail. High enough to duck under, but there’s one branch that hangs straight down that has a sharp end, just about at …Read more
FIND A TRAIL
Find a trail with our new Trailfinder Tool*. Select from the options on the left to find trails that meet those criteria.

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*Disclaimer: Please bear in mind that ECTA does not own the listed properties and does not guarantee the information as current. We have tried hard to list the allowed activities but some are seasonal-only, weather-dependent, or require a special permit. Landowners may have changed their rules so please follow all posted signage and let us know in the comments or via an email if you notice anything that could be updated. In addition there are some trails which may not yet be listed for certain activities. If in doubt please always check with the landowner.

FEATURED EVENTS
  • 30th Annual Equine Expo & Tack Sale (26 Apr 2025)
    on April 26, 2025 at 1:00 pm

    SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2025 30th EQUINE EXPO & TACK SALE Plans are underway for the next Equine EXPO on Saturday, April 26, 2025, 9-3 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds.  We are looking for demonstrations and vendors. Please contact Kay, kljoreo@aol.com for info! Interested in sponsoring this event or being a vendor? […]

  • 7th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k (30 Nov 2024)
    on November 30, 2024 at 2:30 pm

    SAVE THE DATE THANKS FOR THE TRAILS 5k and Kids Fun Run SATURDAY November 30, 2024 This race is part of the North Shore Trail Series 2024! For more info check out the North Shore Trail Series 

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