Explore the most popular forest 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.

The Black and Orange trails were fantastic. The Blue trail was a little bit over-grown. Really liked the Orange trail particularly the look out over the ocean. Great hike,, really enjoyed it.

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

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.

very pretty hike

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

Coywolf present on the trail near the parking area 4/19/18. Too interested in my medium sized dog, followed us 100 yards back to our car.

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.

dont come here.

we've spent too much time getting familiar with this place. Read it's history. its very real. This place is dangerous and there are strange practices happening here.

multiple unsolved murders, one as recent as 20 years ago should be enough to scare off tourists.

Have felt in danger on multiple occasions here. Stay away.

on Stage Fort Trail

5 months ago

Great fun for the dogs to scramble on the rocks this time of year when nobody is around.

Fun trail run

This is such a diverse trail. We did a total of 7.4 miles. The trails are marked but can be difficult to follow so make sure you use the All Trails app. We saw at least a half a dozen ribbon snakes, dozens of toads, squirrels and chipmunks along the way. We really enjoyed this because one moment you're surrounded by a pine forest then quickly switches to birch and becomes a cooler darker swamp setting. Lots of boulders and easy elevation. We looked up the history of dogtown after our hike not realizing what we were walking through the whole time. There were moments towards the end of the hike around a field of boulders when we felt like we were being watched and saw a large branch move but nothing was there. If you're into creepy trails and hauntings this is definitely a trail for you. I'm not trying to scare anyone. Embrace it! One of my favorite hikes

Got really lost. Wandered in woods for hours. Send help!

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10 months ago

The dog town Loop was very difficult to follow. At the entrance to the park there were maps available. These were terrible. Luckily we had this Ap, otherwise we would not have been able to follow the trails because of the poor map and poor trail markers.
The trail I would rate as the easy side of moderate.

hiking
11 months ago

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

Awesome! Loved the rocks!

We did the orange trail from Dogtown Square to Raccoon Ledge and then around Babson Boulder. ~4 miles. Very buggy so bring the bug spray, have never seen so many caterpillars!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful. Easy.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Just as great as the first time we hiked it!

hiking
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!

Trails markings can be confusing. Maps are available at trailhead parking area.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

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!

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!!

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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Free parking at the sback shack, or at the boardwalk. Volly ball nets. rocks to climb, and nice beach with BBQ pits.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Just a beautiful relaxing place to go.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Good moderate trail! Doggie loved it!

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

nice little place

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

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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