Goose Cove Reservoir is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gloucester, Massachusetts that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Conserved by Essex County Greenbelt in 1966 The property features wooded upland, rocky shoreline, and tidal mudflats. Geologic features include Cape Ann granite, glacial erratics, glacial outwash, and moraine. The scenery is some of the most beautiful and tranquil of all Greenbelt properties, and provides an opportunity to study varied plant and animal life. The shoreline along the cove offers a chance to find a variety of plant and animal life. Spartina grasses blanket the saltmarsh and the well adapted brown rockweed kelp is visible floating up and down with the tide. Watch for deer and fisher along upland trails and look for otter tracks on the mudflats or their slide marks on the snow and ice in winter. Shorebirds such as greater and lesser yellowlegs, least sandpipers as well as egrets and herons can be seen often at low tide on the mud flats. In winter at high tide, look for waterfowl like bufflehead and common golden-eye diving for food.
As with any reservoir, the varying water level warrants many return visits. Photos Aug 2012, this posting Aug 2016. More on Cape Anne at:
Went walking here with my dog this afternoon. It's a nice loop that is relatively easy as it is mostly paved and the rest is well packed dirt. This is a great spot to walk with dogs and let them go for a swim.
If you stay on the paved loop it is only about 1.8 miles. Great place to take the dogs for a quick run/swim. As an added benefit there are trails off into Dogtown common with 3600acres and plenty of easy trails to hike.
Trail is easy wide dirt and paved road mix with a few small hills.Dogtown trails that run off of the Goose Cove Reservoir trails are more challenging and easy to get lost on without local knowledge. Goose Cove Reservoir trail can be overwhelmed with dogs and dog droppings.
Mostly paved, pretty easy loop. Trails connect to dogtown for more extensive hiking.