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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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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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Spring for the Trails 1/2 Marathon results are in! Congratulations to all our winners! Men Overall: Matthew Walker 1:25:30 Women Overall: Liz Derstine 1:42:37 Women Under 20: 1st:  Juliet Poss

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    I am posting this on ECTA site to hopefully get people to be more aware of what they are doing. We have permission from DCR …Read more


    The WALDINGFIELD driveway and trails around the back of house are closed for the winter season, The WALDINGFIELD Right of Way to Greenbelt polo field …Read more
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    The trails in our area are a bit treacherous in places now that we have 4” of snow over the ice. The snow prevents yak …Read more
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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.


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