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 approximately 12 months.See map below, trail highlighted in yellow.
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 small culvert to allow water to flow under, and added material to improve footing. Permitting and planning provided by […]
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 from the trail and the water level went down. It appears that the beavers have left […]
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 and branches from the trails and picking up trash would be a huge […]
Here comes spring and trail use is on the rise. While you are out enjoying the trails please be cautious of leaving ruts or hoof prints on the soft ground. Thank you for helping us keep the trails in good shape for everyone!
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 by Hamilton Wenham Open Land Trust that abuts New England Biolabs, this bridge provides a key trail connection […]
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 surrounding trails will remain open but the bridge will be closed. Please reroute your […]
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 Willowdale! Work will begin this week. Please make your trail plans accordingly. Below is a […]
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 note: The connector at Turner Hill Golf Course is open-year round. Turner Hill […]