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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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Essex County Trail Association recently completed the replacement of a 30 year old wooden bridge that crosses the Miles River at the border of Hamilton and Ipswich. Located on conservation land owned

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We are excited to announce our Biolabs Bridge repair will begin next week! Be advised we will close the trail when work begins. The blue X in the photo marks the location of the bridge. The

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Congratulations to all our winners! 10 Mile Winners: Men’s overall: Greg Putnam, 1:04:09 Women’s overall: Caitlin Sweeney, 1:37:14 M 60+: Eric Krathwohl, 1:21:00 W 60+: Joanne Phalon,

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Our guided “Spring” trail ride went off beautifully Sunday before the day got too hot! The route took the horses and riders through 8.5 miles of gorgeous scenery, including a stop at the

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Find a trail with our new Trailfinder Tool*. Select from the options on the left to find trails that meet those criteria.


*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.

  • 3rd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k (21 Nov 2020)
    on November 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for the Trails 5K is back but “re-imagined” to address the concerns of the global pandemic. Although we can’t all do this together, we hope to keep something of the awesome vibe established with the former Gabe’s Run and get folks out on some beautiful trails! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gabriel Pacione Memorial […]

  • 6th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon (17 Oct 2020)
    on October 17, 2020 at 4:00 am

    We are very pleased to advise that our 6th Annual Spring (Fall!) for the Trails will be held this year from Saturday, October 17th - Sunday November 1st. The two lap 6.5 mile course through Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich will be open from Saturday October 17th - Sunday November 1st, only the turns will be marked. Due to difficulty in […]

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