Upcoming events

    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Appleton Farms, Waldingfield Parking Lot

    Join Board Member Joe Sandulli and fellow ECTA members on Sunday, January 28th for a cross-country ski from Appleton Farms to The Black Cow restaurant in downtown Hamilton about 5 miles away. This event is skiing only, and does not include snow-shoeing.
    We will meet an 10:00 am at the Waldingfield Parking Lot (corner of 1A and Waldingfield).

    We should be at Patton Park just before noon, and those who would like to have lunch can head over to the Black Cow.

    Please note if you plan to stay for lunch so we can make a restaurant reservation.  We will have transportation available from the Black Cow back to Waldingfield.  If you are not staying for lunch, please make arrangements for transportation back to the Waldingfield parking lot. 

    Cost of lunch at the Black Cow not included.  No dogs please.

    This event is free for active ECTA members, $20 for non-members.  If you need assistance registering, please email Sarah at or call 978-468-1133.

    Check out the route we took in 2016 here:

    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Town Hall, Topsfield (8 West Common Street)

    Join ECTA Trail Steward and Topsfield Rail Trail Committee Chairman Joe Geller as he leads us on a bike tour of the Topsfield Linear Common Rail Trail through Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers and Peabody.  We will begin at the Town Hall parking lot in Topsfield at 10 a.m. and ride to Rt 114 in Peabody.  We'll stop for a short break at Karl's Sausage Kitchen off Lowell Street in Peabody for rest rooms and a snack and then head back to Topsfield.  This is a great chance to discover a fantastic and safe multi-use path you never knew was there!!

    The ride is about 14 miles round trip, on hard packed surface over relatively flat terrain.  Total trip should take 2-3 hours.  Feel free to head back to the start at any point.  You cannot get lost!  Hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended for this ride but road bikes are also OK!

    THIS RIDE IS FREE TO CURRENT ECTA MEMBERS.  THERE IS A $20 FEE FOR NON-MEMBERS.  If you are a current member and are having trouble logging in, email us and we'll get you signed up!

    For more information about this ride, please email us
    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield MA

    Join us for the 23rd Annual Equine Expo!

    Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 23rd annual Equine EXPO to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9am-3pm in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA.  This popular event draws over 800 people each year. 

    Individuals, groups and businesses make up over 80 booths offering goods and services – selling anything new or used for the horse, rider or driver.  To outfit everyone for the show and trail season, find a massage therapist, trainer, saddle fitter or a new saddle, upgrade all your equipment, build a barn, purchase supplements, books, herbal products, home decor or gifts this is the place to be! We also have a large information table with pamphlets on trails, land organizations, businesses, etc.

    A demonstration ring will be running all day with a number of great demos scheduled including different horse breeds and training.

    A silent auction offers a wide variety of items for bid.  There will be a food vendor serving lunch.  Plenty of free parking and the building is accessible to everyone.  An admission fee of $5 (kids under 10 are free) goes toward one of our goals of maintaining trails in our member Towns of Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex and West Newbury for all types of passive recreation.

    Drop by for a day of one stop shopping.  For more information, please call Kay at 978-768-6275 or Sue at 978-468-7715 or email

    2018 EXPO Contract for vendors and sponsors

    Thank you to our 2017 sponsors! If you are interest in being a 2018 sponsor, please contact Kay at


    Don Curiale  Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld  Lois Cheston

    • 05 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich

    Join us for the 4th Annual Spring for the Trails on Saturday, May 5th.  This 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) race is part of the 2018 North Shore Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Co.  The race will be held on beautiful trails, both single and double track, in Willowdale State Forest.  Now is your chance to see some of the trails that are included in the Stone Cat Marathon and also experience many new trails that you may not otherwise find.  Men's and Women's 39 and Under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.


    Registration Fee:

    $40 before April 30th
    $45 after April 30th


    Parking and race start: Please park at the Willowdale parking lot on Linebrook Road (across from Marini Farms, whose address is 259 Linebrook Road in Ipswich, MA).  Once parked, simply follow the path toward the field and you can sign in, pick up your bib and t-shirt (T shirts are first come first served). If you wish to pick up your bib and t-shirt early (for per-registered runners ONLY), we will be at New England Running Co. at 43 Enon Street in Beverly during the day on Friday, May 4th.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office at  Thank you!


    2016 Course Map


    Prefer to mail in your entry? Downland and print a PDF entry form.

    Thank you to our sponsors of this great event!






    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA

    Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails!
    Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    Entry Fees (Mail in entries must be post marked by September 7th)
    5 Miles - $25.00 pre-entry, $30.00 post-entry
    10 Miles - $30.00 pre-entry, $35.00 post-entry

    Fun Team Competition:

    A prize to the co-ed team in the 10 mile race (at least 5 runners including at least 2 women) with the best  score on the traditional cross-country scoring basis.  Inquire for more details.

    And a second prize to the team with the most entrants in the combined 5 and 10 mile races.

    **Be sure to include your team affiliation in the registration, so we can have the most accurate information possible for the team competition award determination.

    You may also email a list of your team members to prior to the race.

    Pre-entry race packets (pre-registered runners only) will be available on Friday, September 14th at New England Running Company, 43 Enon Street, Beverly, from 10am-7pm.! You may also pick up your number and tshirt on race day!  **First 100 runners to check in are guaranteed a tshirt.


    Prefer to mail in your entry? Downland and print a PDF entry form.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!!!

Past events

30 Dec 2017 Ski to Ipswich Ale Brewery
24 Nov 2017 Not Too Stuffed to Hike at Bradley Palmer
22 Oct 2017 Autumn Trail Ride
17 Oct 2017 ECTA night at Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table
30 Sep 2017 Adventure Biathlon: CANCELLED
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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