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The Essex County Trail Association ECTA exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury.  We partner with both public and private landowners to ensure that the experience of open trails is positive for them as well as the trail users.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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TRAIL ALERTS

Trail Alert! Appleton Farms and Appleton Grass Rides will be closed to the public including all horses traffic on Friday April 26.  On that day, Arbor Day, Appleton will be undertaking a massive

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Trail Alert! With spring almost officially upon us, we would like to remind all trail users to please be cautious of leaving ruts or prints on the soft trails!  Thank you for helping us keep the

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LATEST NEWS

Mark your calendars!  ECTA’s Summer Solstice Party is coming back by popular demand.  Saturday, June 22nd, 2019!  Under the tents at Groton House Farm! Be there or be square! Reserve your

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The results are up for ECTA’s Thanks for the Trail 5k (November 23rd).  Thank you to all of our runners, sponsors, and volunteers!  Check out the fantastic video available here and above

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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
  • 2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k (29 Nov 2019)
    on November 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    ECTA is holding its 2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 29, 2019).  The 5k will begin at 10AM on November 29, and the Kids' Run will start at 9:30AM.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In
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  • 15th Annual Run for the Trails (21 Sep 2019)
    on September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! Both the 5 and 10 mile runs are a part of the 2019 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Co.!! Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+   Registration Fee: 5 Miles - $30.00 pre-entry, $35.00 post-entry 10 Miles - $35.00 pre-entry,
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Become a Member
Members get access to online maps, event discounts and more!
Renew Online
Don't forget to support us. Your dues keep the trails open!
Make a Donation
Donations help us preserve and maintain the trails.
CONTACT US
Our office is located at 162 Main St #5, Wenham, MA 01984. Please visit or call (978) 468-1133 during our office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-5pm. You can also send us an email using the form below.

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