Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

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.

walking
29 days 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.

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Great walk with the dogs.

Fun trail run

6 months ago

Easy. But nice

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!

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...

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

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

Beautiful road through islands and beaches.

Awesome! Loved the rocks!

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.

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!

Beautiful. Easy.

hiking
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.

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.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

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

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!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

To get to Milk island wait until the tide is out, you can walk the land bridge and see Gloucester from the ocean without having to take a boat

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.

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