Events

Upcoming events

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Bradley Palmer State Park


    Dear Friends,

    Unfortunately, with our race date for the ECTA Biathalon just two weeks away, we saw an underwhelming level of pre-registration for this new race and decided that the level of participation was unlikely to be sufficient to make this a fun and productive event for the participants or for ECTA.  We plan to redouble our efforts in holding a rescheduled, successful and fun ECTA Biathalon in Spring 2018.  We already have ideas about achieving a good participation level and will be getting the word out about specifics early in the New Year.  Please keep visiting the ECTA website to check on our other events and efforts to maintain the trails and foster increasing support and enjoyment of our local trails.



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    Many thanks to our LEAD SPONSOR



    Thank you to our sponsors of this great event!




    Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us at office@ectaonline.org




    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table, 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich

    You’re invited to help ECTA officially launch our new pale ale, Trail Blazer. As a long time sponsor of ECTA fundraising, Ipswich Ale has generously created this delicious amber drink for us. It’s well balanced with a touch of Mandarina and Lemon Drop dry hops.

    Please come eat, drink and raise money for the Essex trail system. Ipswich Ale is generously donating a portion of the night’s food and drinks proceeds to ECTA.

    When and Where?
    Tuesday, October 17, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, located at 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich. Memberships will be available at the door! 
    All are welcome, free to attend.

    No RSVP or preregistration is required



    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 157 County Road, Ipswich
    • 11


    Join ECTA board member Joe Sandulli on Sunday, October 22nd for an equestrian trail ride from Ipswich through Pingree Woods in Hamilton and back.  We will be departing on horseback at 10AM.  We'll start at Joe Sandulli's house (157 County Road, Ipswich) and ride through Appleton Farms, Appleton Grass Rides, Collarbone Field, a long loop around Pingree Woods, and then back through the Britton Easement, Bradley Palmer, Black Oak Farm, and Groton House and back to Joe's house. 


    Fee:  $20 for non-members, free for active ECTA members

    Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, October 18th.  Trailer parking is limited, please try to carpool or let us know if you are hacking over to the start (additional parking available at Bird field). 

    The route is about 9 miles and we will keep a good trotting pace with some walking.  There is one muddy and rooty crossing of Black Brook. The ride should take under 3 hours.  You must have your own horse who is comfortable riding in the middle of a group at a safe distance without kicking or running away. Helmets are required.  

    Maximum Number of Participants: 21

Past events

16 Sep 2017 13th Annual Run for the Trails
17 Jun 2017 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party
03 Jun 2017 National Trails Day Walk
28 May 2017 Sagamore Hill Conservation Area/Donovan Reservation Trail Ride
13 May 2017 3rd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
29 Apr 2017 22nd Annual Equine Expo
11 Apr 2017 Spring Annual Meeting
08 Apr 2017 Rail Trail Bike Ride
11 Feb 2017 Ski to the Black Cow
19 Nov 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
22 Oct 2016 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
25 Sep 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
17 Sep 2016 12th Annual Run for the Trails
11 Sep 2016 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
28 Aug 2016 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
24 Jul 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
17 Jul 2016 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
26 Jun 2016 Tree and Plant Walk at Riverbend, West Newbury
18 Jun 2016 Summer Solstice Party
04 Jun 2016 ECTAthlon 2016
14 May 2016 2nd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
07 May 2016 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 3: Riverbend Conservation Area, West Newbury
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 2: Willowdale State Forest
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 1: Appleton Farms
30 Apr 2016 21st Annual Equine Expo
24 Apr 2016 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
19 Apr 2016 Spring Annual Meeting
09 Apr 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
19 Mar 2016 Warbler Alley Walk in West Newbury
21 Feb 2016 Ski to the Village Pancake House
15 Feb 2016 Ski to the Black Cow RESCHEDULED
09 Jan 2016 Stories from the Wild Side at Bradley Palmer
22 Dec 2015 DCR's Winter Solstice Celebration
18 Oct 2015 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
27 Sep 2015 Ipswich River Tree Walk
20 Sep 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
19 Sep 2015 11th Annual Run for the Trails
13 Sep 2015 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
23 Aug 2015 ECTA Polo Day
20 Jun 2015 Summer Solstice Party
06 Jun 2015 ECTAthlon 2015
03 May 2015 Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
21 Apr 2015 Spring Annual Meeting
18 Apr 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
22 Mar 2015 Mill Pond Snowshoe Hike
21 Feb 2015 Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
18 Jan 2015 Hike to the Black Cow
16 Nov 2014 Sagamore Hill Trail Ride
25 Oct 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
19 Oct 2014 West Newbury Open Space Hike
18 Oct 2014 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - CANCELLED
18 Oct 2014 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
21 Sep 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
20 Sep 2014 10th Annual Run for the Trails
01 Sep 2014 Pipestave Hill Trail Ride
24 Aug 2014 ECTA Polo Day
17 Aug 2014 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Raffle
21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Festival
07 Jun 2014 ECTAthlon 2014
24 May 2014 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride - CANCELLED
18 May 2014 Ipswich River Paddle
10 May 2014 Ipswich River Tree Walk
27 Apr 2014 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
26 Apr 2014 Equine Expo
19 Apr 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
12 Apr 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
01 Apr 2014 Spring Annual Meeting
22 Mar 2014 Mill Pond Trail Walk
16 Feb 2014 Ski/Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
18 Jan 2014 Hike to the Black Cow
01 Jan 2014 DCR First Day Hike at Bradley Palmer
05 Dec 2013 Winter Tracks Benefit Party
18 Nov 2013 Winter Tracks Raffle
09 Nov 2013 Volunteer Trail Work Day
26 Oct 2013 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - Cancelled
20 Oct 2013 IRWA Trail Walk
19 Oct 2013 DCR Full Moon Hike
19 Oct 2013 WNOS Fall Trail Hike
29 Sep 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
21 Sep 2013 9th Annual Run for the Trails
15 Sep 2013 WNRDC Adventure Trail Day
18 Aug 2013 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
21 Jul 2013 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
14 Jul 2013 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
23 Jun 2013 ECTA Polo Day
22 Jun 2013 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
09 Jun 2013 Ipswich River Tree Walk
01 Jun 2013 ECTAthlon 2013
18 May 2013 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
27 Apr 2013 Riverbend Trail Walk
14 Apr 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
09 Apr 2013 Spring Annual Meeting
23 Mar 2013 Mill Pond Trail Walk
10 Mar 2013 X-Country Ski at Turner Hill Farm
24 Feb 2013 Ski/Snowshoe from to Sal's Pizza - CANCELLED
02 Feb 2013 NE Sled Dog Races - CANCELLED
26 Jan 2013 Hike to the Black Cow
17 Jan 2013 Shelly Gill Presentation
21 Dec 2012 West Newbury Trail Walks
08 Dec 2012 Turkey Hill Trail Walk
23 Nov 2012 WNRDC Post-Turkey Ride/Walk
03 Nov 2012 Volunteer Trail Work Day
29 Sep 2012 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
29 Sep 2012 REI Volunteer Work Day at Bradley Palmer
22 Sep 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
16 Sep 2012 WNRDC Adventure Trail
15 Sep 2012 8th Annual Run for the Trails
07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Party
07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Raffle
26 Aug 2012 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
15 Jul 2012 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
17 Jun 2012 ECTA Cup at Myopia Polo
02 Jun 2012 ECTAthlon 2012
19 May 2012 Topsfield Rail Trail Bicycle Ride
11 May 2012 ECTAthlon Mountain Bike Raffle
05 May 2012 Pan-Ipswich Challenge
28 Apr 2012 Equine Expo
22 Apr 2012 Appleton Farms Trail Walk
14 Apr 2012 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
07 Apr 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
19 Mar 2012 Essex Trail Mapping
10 Mar 2012 Hike to the Village Pancake House
11 Feb 2012 Hike to The Black Cow
11 Jan 2012 Sled Dog Lecture by Dr. Jerry Vanek
15 Nov 2011 Open Board Meeting
13 Nov 2011 Donovan/Sagamore Hill Walk
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