Itineraries & Self-Guided Tours

Explore 450 Miles of Trails in Essex County

Have access to nature and be able to get out into the country to run, cross country ski, ride a bicycle, ride a horse, walk your dog or simply breathe deeply and have a quiet walk in the woods. Respect and protect access to the outdoors for everyone to enjoy its beauty every day. Thank you to the Essex County Trail Association for their tireless work to preserve these wonderful natural assets North of Boston. Please CLICK HERE to access a list and mapping of Trails by city and town.
Although the North Shore of Massachusetts lacks any noteworthy mountains, there are hundreds of miles of trails here that can lead you to hillside vistas, past salt marshes and vernal pools, through farmland, and along the shorelines of quiet ponds. One of the most attractive things about hiking in this region is an almost complete lack of crowds-it’s not uncommon to hike for many miles on a beautiful weekend day and see few, if any, other people. Many parks in this area are completely free. Thank you to for producing this comprehensive list of trails North of Boston. Please CLICK HERE to access.