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.

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.

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.

Great ride. Rockport is a bit heavy with traffic, but the rest of the ride is very nice. Great views.

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.

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.

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2 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.

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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great walk with the dogs.

Fun trail run

7 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
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
10 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!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful. Easy.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Just as great as the first time we hiked it!

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