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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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May 24, 2021: UPDATE The staff at DCR have addressed the water issue at markers 13/18 in Willowdale. There was beaver activity there causing the water to overflow the trail. They removed the branches

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Now that the snow has melted it’s surprising to see how much debris is out there on the trails! This is a great time to pitch in while you are out enjoying the warmer weather. Clearing sticks

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Thank you to all our Thanks for the Trails participants and

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Thank you to all our Run for the Trails participants and

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  • Discover Hamilton/Hamilton

    Discover Hamilton/Hamilton

    Two major trees down- one on the Harvard forest portion of the trail and the second on the Pingree Reservation trail portion. Both passable but …Read more
  • Warren Weld on Apple in Essex

    Warren Weld on Apple in Essex

    Lots of debris on trail after storm, nothing impassable. Very wet up at the cross trail intersection, that’s no surprise! Wear your boots.Read more
  • West Newbury

    West Newbury

    Multiple trees down on Riverbend trail leading from the river up to hay field. Impassable.Read more
  • Willowdale State Forest

    Willowdale State Forest

    Trail 13/18 back under water and it looks like the beavers have returned. It is more than 6 inches deep in spots and water spills …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.

  • 27th Annual Equine Expo & Tack Sale (30 Apr 2022)
    on April 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    27th EQUINE EXPO & TACK SALE 2022 Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 27th annual Equine Expo & Tack Sale to be held on Saturday, April 30th from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA.  Individuals, groups & businesses make up our booths offering new and used items for the horse […]

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