Dogtown Loop Trail to Briar Swamp

MODERATE 28 reviews

Dogtown Loop Trail to Briar Swamp is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gloucester, MA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.5 miles 540 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

1 month ago

I grew up here! Wide trails, not too busy but busy enough that you're never really alone, lots to see and so many trail options!

2 months ago

Easy walk and numerous trails, with many different enterance points. Very nice walk in spring or fall. During the summer months there is lots of folliage and insects.

2 months ago

I decided to follow the hiker's map and it was a very bad idea. Most of the time I was searching for the trail and a 5.3 mile "loop" turned into an 8 mile fiasco with a dangerous section walking along the railroad track and no clear trail near it. Dogtown itself is interesting but the trails really do stop all the time at which point you have to cut through some hairy parts of the woods.

2 months ago

Good moderate trail! Doggie loved it!

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4 months ago

BE CAREFUL. The app let me to a high speed train rail. Make sure to get a trail map along with app.

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6 months ago

Spent 3 hours hiking about 6 miles throughout many paths, we followed the orange trail. Path was decently marked, some parts a little bit overgrown and we got turned around for a quick minute, but the trail was fun and peaceful. There's many more hours of exploration in these woods. This app was super useful in ensuring we were headed in the right direction, I felt more comfortable hiking in a new area with this app turned on.

6 months ago

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8 months ago

Interesting area pretty trails but some areas close to entrances a bit littered. Could use a face lift.

8 months ago

Fun for historical exploring!

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9 months ago

Good track.

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9 months ago

Great place. Not to hard for the kiddos. Need to know where the rock that has MOTHER written on it though! Mother's Day present is depending on it!!!

1 year ago

Hike here daily. No trail markers. But miles and miles to explore!

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1 year ago

Had a great time hiking here with my pup. We hiked for nearly 3 hours and only saw one other person. It was perfect!

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1 year ago

Fun hike w/the dogs. All kinds of side trails criss-crossing everywhere. First time there, but will definitely go back. Didn't see the carved boulders on the trails I did, but will try a different entrance and venture out into side trails next time out. Trees are marked w/colored spray paint to mark the trails. I thought it was clear, but the map wasn't great. Check for ticks - dogs came out w/passengers.

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

This was a lovely hike with lots of nice surprises a long the way. Pretty scenery, loved the worded boulders, and lots to see. It was really difficult finding the entrance to the trails though, and the map wasn't entirely helpful. The trails start after the dumping ground site. Overall, glad we made the trip. A definite must see!