Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Gloucester with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pleasant hike.

Ravenswod is a great place to spend a few hours with the family and the dogs. The pups especially love the fact that they are allowed off-leash here, except in a few designated protected areas. With the exception of some low-lying spots, there are fewer bugs here than on trails more inland, due to close proximity to the ocean. The lack of overlooks and long distance views is more than made up for by the beauty of the trails themselves, and by the many different boulder formations, and plant life.

Nice easy trail. Did this with a 2yr old (on my back a lot), a 4 yr old and a dog. Lovely walk.

A beautiful and easy loop. Took the 2 Labs with us and let them off-leash a little ways into the hike. They loved splashing in the reservoir and exploring one of the little waterfalls. Very easy, paved trail (as another reviewer mentioned, the unpaved parts are hard-packed dirt). Absolutely gorgeous views! Worth repeat visits to tack on some of the other Dogtown trails.

4 months ago

A perfect dog walk. Poopie bags (a must for this drinking water reservoir) provided at the Cherry St access parking lot. Great exercise walk with 8 cardio-friendly hills in 2 miles.

Fun trail run

Friday, September 08, 2017

It is a cute lighthouse but I confirm Lyndsey's previous comment: the lighthouse is private and has been so for over a decade. There really shouldn't be a trail report for it as you can only get there if you are visiting friends in the area or disrespectfully ignore the no trespassing signs...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Extremely well marked. Not too hard but not boring either. Wear bug spray!

It's private property. You cannot go here

There is no longer public access to this trail. I found this out after I paid 30 bucks for the "pro" and drove an hour to get there.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful. Easy.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Just as great as the first time we hiked it!

The trail name should reflect that this is also the Babson boulder trail! It's just missing the boulders closest to the industrial park, on the other side of the tracks. Had such a great time exploring the innards of my home town.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Really loved this trail! Definitely best to go off the main Old Salem Road and hike the outer trails. The red trail (toward the end of our hike) got just a tad confusing and we ended up walking up to someone's property, but we actually only missed the last turnoff by about 50 yards.
Nonetheless, this was one of our favorite trails we've ever taken. Lots of wooded areas and giant stones and a really cool overlook by the water (Ledge Hill Trail). We will definitely be back to this one!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Cool if you know the history. Use an app like this to stay on track.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

One of my favorites. I love the Ledge Hill Trail....beautiful ocean view at one point! Awesome hike!!! Happy trails to those who walk here!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

As with any reservoir, the varying water level warrants many return visits. Photos Aug 2012, this posting Aug 2016. More on Cape Anne at:

Sunday, August 07, 2016

nice little place

Monday, July 25, 2016

I took Old Salem trail to Long hill trail. This was a moderate challenge. Lots of rocks and roots randomly sticking out of the trail. Hiked up to the scenic view of Gloucester Harbor. As I was walking this trail there were huge boulders that were tossed up there by glaciers. The rocks tower over you. Some look like they have moss or furry buildup of some sort on the rocks. Awesome hike. Need to explore more of this place. Easy to follow trails.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Love it here! And so doesn't the pooch. They've Done a wonderful job at keeping markers and maps around the trails so you never feel lost or wandering.

on Ravenswood Park Trail

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Very clean, quiet. Great for dogs and easy enough for a 4 year old companion. Nice view of Gloucester Harbor. Definitely coming back to explore other trails.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nice walk. Not too crowded. Would do it again.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Highly recommended for an easy walk with clean trails and variety. Main trail popular with dog walkers but side trails much less traveled,

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Great find! Easy paths to follow. Lots of dogs off leash on a nice day. Multiple terrains; plenty to explore!

Friday, January 01, 2016

good dog treck

Monday, October 12, 2015

Enjoyable hike. Interesting glacier rocks and views of the ocean along the Ledge Hill Trail section.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Dog friendly and good set of trails. We use all year round.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dog friendly trails. Can be off leash, but I found it better to stay leased since there are a lot of dogs. That said, the trails are clean and well marked and maps are available. Can be easy on the wider roads/paths and moderate if you choose the wooded paths. Parking lot is very small. One of our go-to trails in a pinch.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

This is a very easy set of dog friendly trails. Trails are very well marked with maps available at the trail head. Parking is not that great and requires getting across a busy road which can be a challenge with 2 hyper dogs and a five yr old. Once you are inside it is well worth it.

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