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NEW!  These stores and restaurants are now supporting our trails by giving ECTA Members the following discounts.  Just bring your current ECTA Membership card!  Click on the store to link to their website.  And please tell your friends about these great deals for ECTA Members.


True North Gallery – 10% off

Zumi's Coffee Shop – 10% off

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the ECTA. Please read the following information and then click the button below to proceed to the form and payment section.

Membership Information

ECTA Membership is on a rolling basis – your membership is valid for a year after joining or renewing. A postcard or email reminding members to renew their membership is sent to all members one month before their membership renewal is due.

Members receive an identifying ECTA membership card along with 2 decals for their car and for their horse trailer (if appropriate) regular e-newsletters, bi-annual newsletters, important trail condition notices, landowner property usage notes; a listing of up coming events, and messages from the Executive Director. Full-size folding area trail maps may be obtained on request, for trails in Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, West Newbury and Ipswich for $6 each. These maps show all publicly accessible trails.  Trail information is also kept up-to-date on this web site.

ECTA Trail Cards

Many landowners require that trail users who walk or ride across their lands are current members of ECTA.  Upon joining or renewing, you will be sent a card(s) with effective dates in order for you to identify yourself as a member to such a landowner.  We no longer provide equestrian bridle/saddle tags.

Appleton Farms – Trustees of Reservations (TTOR)

ECTA members who wish to use Appleton Farms trails must follow the Trustees of Reservations rules. Equestrians are welcome to ride on the Appleton Farms beautiful trails, but are REQUIRED to join TTOR and to enroll in the Green Horses program. All equestrians are required to carry current ECTA membership cards and Trustees of Reservations (“TTOR”) Green Horses tags to ride through Appleton Farms.

Likewise, Dog walkers are required to enroll in the Green Dogs program. ECTA hikers and cross country skiers are encouraged to join TTOR or pay a use fee.

Appleton Farms is a North Shore treasure. Please help us keep this special place open to horses and dogs by respecting the TTOR Green Horses and Green Dogs rules.

Myopia Hunt Club – Equestrian Permit

ECTA riders who wish to use Myopia Hunt Club trails must complete an equestrian permit application. 

The trails are only open to horseback riders who are current members of the Essex County Trail Association. The Myopia Hunt Club Trails are not open to bikers, joggers, walkers, cross-country skiers, baby carriages, or motorized vehicles. Only walking and trotting are permitted on the bridle trails along the Myopia Golf Course. Elsewhere the Equestrian trails are open to walking and trotting where reasonable. Please stay on marked trails. Further, the Myopia Hunt Club cannot assume responsibility for injuries, for theft or for the loss of property.

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