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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

Trail Alert! ECTA is happy to announce that we have received a grant from DCR’s Recreational Trails Grant (administered by MassTrails) to replace the failing culvert on the esker on Trail 23 in

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Trail Alert! As a reminder, all bridle trails on Groton House Farm, Turner Hill Farm, and Collarbone Field are closed for the season.  We will notify you in the spring when the trails reopen. Please

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LATEST NEWS

Due to Covid-19, we will be postponing the upcoming EQUINE EXPO until August 29th. For more EXPO information, please contact Kay Joseph at kljoreo@aol.com

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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
  • 3rd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k (27 Nov 2020)
    on November 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    ECTA is holding its 3rd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 27, 2020).  The 5k will begin at 10AM on November 27, 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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  • 6th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon Postponed to October 24th (24 Oct 2020)
    on October 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Join us for the 6th Annual Spring for the Trails on Saturday, October 24th, 2020. The race begins at 8am sharp. The race will be held on beautiful trails, both single and double track, in Willowdale State Forest.  Now is your chance to see some of the trails that are included in the Stone Cat Marathon and also experience many
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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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