Dogtown near Gloucester, MA

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15 miles
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Gloucester, MA
User EMS Newton
Dogtown in a classic place to experience great New England mountain biking. The area has a lot of history, dating back to the early colonial days. The area was once a derserted ghost town mostly occupied by wild dogs and vagrants. (If you look closey you can still see the cellars of these old homes) Nowadays the old homes are gone and instead there are miles of great technical singletrack for all levels. The area is very easy to get lost in so it's best to bring a compass and keep in mind where you parked. The area is littered with confusing singletrack loops and there are NO signs. This is not place I work reconmend for beginner riders; the terrain is very difficult and rocky.

For an the intermediate level trails follow your compass in the NNE direction from the parking lot. For an expert level ride, head to the ESE corner of the reservation. In the event you get very lost or need to walk out due to a mechanical issue, you are never more than a mile from a main road.

There are no restrictions on mountain biking here however here are couple words of caution: fall is hunting season so it's best to avoid this area around then. Also, equestrians use this land quite a bit so be sure to take it slow around any horses and don't spook them.


Take 128 north towards Gloucester. Before you get into the city limits of Gloucester you will pass over a large bridge spanning a salt water river. Shortly after you pass over this bridge, route 128 will enter a large traffic circle (Grant Circle). Follow route 127 for about 1/2 mile and it will curve to the right and pass over a small bridge and some salt water. Immediately after you cross the bridge, route 127 will curve around to the left. You do NOT want to follow 127 to the left, instead look to take a right onto Reynard St. Follow Reynard to the end (1/4 mile) and turn left onto Cherry St. Look closely to your right for a small, broken-down (almost a driveway) looking road, with a small sign for Dogtown commons at the end. Follow this road to the end until you come to a gate and can not go any further.


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