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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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 Thank you to all our Thanks for the Trails 5K participants and

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Thanks for the Trails 5K results are in! Congratulations to all our winners. Prize winners in BOLD. Please note, due to a one prize per runner limit some category prizes went to second place

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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.

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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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