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Loose uncontrollable dogs all 3 x I tried to use trail. Leash law is not enforced ?

Loose uncontrollable dogs !! Leash law is not enforced ?

Wide variety of paths and difficulty for both hiking, trail running and mountain biking. It can be easy to get lost, so be prepared with a trail map if you veer off main loop.

Beautiful and varied terrain. Only got a chance to wander for a bit, but this is definitely a place I want to return to and explore some more.

Lovely hike!

walking
1 month ago

grab a map at the entrance or download off the web for Lynn woods. trails are all marked with grid numbers and letters. A lot to explore if you use the grid. watch out for special surprises on the trails from ignorant dog owners, as will as some coyotes. Deer do come out on the day, keep your eyes open.

I love the upper pond is nice peaceful hiking

hiking
2 months ago

I definitely enjoyed hiking here. lots of nice trails to explore

Fun for kids!

If you feel as though you aren’t seeing marks on the trees, don’t worry, keep looking...especially if you see many fallen trees around!

This is a good easy going trail in the area. Pearce Lake in particular is very scenic especially for sunset in the evening. The upper pond is good for swimming. The whole loop will give you a solid workout and the paved road is a nice touch making it good for family with strollers as well.

hiking
2 months ago

certainly lots of trails there and seems like a great place for mountain bike. However tons of bugs swarming you and the water was more like swamp water not a great place to walk your dogs.

Nice diversity of terrain. Very well-marked. Great length and solitude for a Cape Ann hike.

I've spent close to a decade hiking Dogtown and it's a beautiful area. It can be quite easy to get lost out there though, even with all the time I've been out there I still get lost. A few times I made it out thanks to my dogs. I've always hiked it with dogs though, abs haven't hiked it since the dogs passed away.

Don't be scared away by the lore, they are a really magical woods. There was a tragic murder back in the 80's but it gets sensationalized too often, it was a tragedy but an isolated one, and the killer was caught.

It's also very easy to end up in people's back yards in Dogtown. People are generally very nice if you're respectful.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Flat trail, nothing special. Wouldn’t go here unless you live really close to it. There are better trails around.

Really enjoyed this hike. The overlook of the Atlantic was lovely. Some more rugged areas, but overall not too bad. Bring bug spray.

Hikers, be aware: there was a murder on this trail in the 1980s.
Spooky, historical hike. Dogtown was settled in the 1600s by 80 families fleeing pirates, natives, and other coastal bombardments. After the revolutionary war and the war of 1812, dogtown was abandoned, and became a ghost town that housed squatters in the abandoned buildings. Lots of rumors about witches and other such things, too. The numbered boulders signify where a house once stood.
Easy to get lost - multiple maps are needed.

A bit longer by my GPS. Nice trail overall, great for h King and okay for trail running. The moraine section was difficult, and the trail is poorly marked. Needed the map consistently and still made a couple incorrect turns. Great trail for his area

hiking
3 months ago

Entered at the Pennybrook Road entrance (ample parking) and explored the Undercliff Path, Dungeon Road, Cooke Road, Cornell Path, and Jackson Path. Easy hiking, although watch your footing on some of the rockier trails! Dungeon Rock is very interesting. There is a metal door in the crevice of the rock. The metal stairs inside lead down to a winding tunnel carved out in the 1600s and 1800s (look up the strange history of this place). If you’re going to go down into the tunnel, wear good footwear (slippery) and take a headlamp (dark). Steel Tower is cool too with great views of the surrounding area (including the Boston skyline).

Nice, well marked trail with nice lake views along the Ridgeline Trail. Good rock bounding moments too.

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail to explore. Beautiful and very peaceful with lots of varied terrain. Lots of side paths and trails to venture out onto. Bring a LOT of bug spray though.

I'm writing specifically for the section around Crooked Pond. As I live in Middleton, a 5 minute drive to the trailhead, I wish I could give this section a better rating, especially since many of the trails are part of the Bay Circuit Trail. The first .2 mile section is wide and well-maintained, since it is a fire access road. You can then choose to continue on the main path, or go left. Either way will take you on a loop around the pond. There are many side trails/game paths diverging off the trail, but as long as you keep the pond in sight, you'll find your way. This area is very poorly marked, and not well-maintained. Several years of storm damage is evident in the many fallen trees. It's easy to see that some have been there for a while, as a well-trodden path has been worn down around them. There are also many parts that are too close to the water. As the summer progresses, and water levels drop, these areas become almost impassible from mud and insects. I would advise anyone through-hiking the BCT to avoid this particular section, and seek an alternative route.

Beautiful hike and lake that you can swim in it during summer.

Commenting on the entire park: As an avid hiker, both solo and with dogs, I can say that this is one of the nicest parks of its type I've ever explored. I've now been twice, and walked every trail in the system. You won't find challenging climbs here, or 360 degree views into the distance. What you will find are a variety of well maintained trails that are varied enough in length and difficulty (some may be classed as moderate, but that's just for the length, not the difficulty). My more recent visit was last week, and I noticed that the parks proximity to the ocean helps to keep the bug population down. There are some lower areas, so do bring repellent for your family and pups. Dogs are allowed off leash, except in a few small, clearly marked areas. I would add that the coyote population in Eastern Massachusetts has grown significantly in the past few years. Although coyote/human incidents are very rare, they have been known to go after small pets. If your puppy has a tendency to run off, I'd keep him leashed. (Not just here, but anywhere!) All in all, the entire park merits 5 stars!

The swamp at 0.9 mi on this trail was probably an outdated section. They changed the trail, so follow the marking on trees instead of the trail on this map, otherwise you might end up crossing the swamp and get all wet, just like me!

(Or maybe it was because it was raining heavily…)

Ridge trail is a great hike. A lot of uphill climbing and full of challenges.

a good place for a run or walking dog

A fascinating walk into history and the mind of Babson. Come prepared with a physical map as well as this app, and you’ll do great. We were out on a sunny spring morning before the leaves were out so it was relatively easy to spot the trail markers.

It’s not creepy.

hiking
6 months ago

Really enjoyed the trails. Ended up doing a 5 mile hike zig zagging down many of the trails that cut through the main circle loop shown on the map.

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