Manchester Woods

Manchester Woods near Gloucester, MA


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
10 miles
2hours
moderate
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Back Country Skiing, Hiking
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Gloucester, MA
User nerv1423
Manchester Woods is a relatively recent addition to our Sunday Long Run circuit. For the most part, the trails here are more moderate, along the lines of Dogtown, though there are some more difficult ones. It has a lot of variety and is a great way to mix things up.

Many of the trails are well marked and easily followed, and would make great 45-75 minute training loops. Long runs can be a bit tricky, as we inevitably get over-ambitious and wind up lost in Essex. The ideal long run loop is along the "unmaintained trail", a trail that is hard to find and harder to follow, but a great run if you can manage it. It's marked with bright pink paint but there is no sign putting you to it, and the trail map is not quite accurate as to it's location.

Manchester Woods is not a good place to run after there's been a lot of rain unless you plan on getting very wet and muddy.

Directions:

From 128, take Exit 15 (School St.) heading away from Manchester. The main entrance is on the left.




Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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