Join us for a 4- mile hike along the main trails of the historic “Commons Settlement”, popularly known as Dogtown.
We will start the hike on Dogtown Road, then turn left up the Adams Pines Trail for a quick look at Goose Cove Reservoir, then head back along Commons Road to Wharf Road, which will bring us down to Dogtown Square. Along the way we will see boulders marking the cellar holes of 18th century houses.
From Dogtown Square, we will head over to the Babson Boulder Trail and follow it down to Babson Reservoir, stopping to see a dozen or more of Roger Babson’s famous boulders carved with inspirational sayings. From there it will be a short hike up the fire road back to Dogtown Road and our cars.
Here is a link to a map of the complete route:
This is a relatively easy hike, with mostly gentle grades but plenty of rocks and roots underfoot. With stops, be prepared for the hike to take about 2 hours.
Meeting Spot: We will meet at the main entrance to Dogtown off Cherry St., just a short distance north of the intersection with Reynard Street, on the right. See the hike map for specifics. There is a small parking lot part a quarter mile up Dogtown Rd. on the right. If filled, park on the right side of the road beyond the lot.
Please arrive early (we recommend planning to arrive between 9:50 and 9:55 am in order to be ready for the group's 10 am departure). The hike will depart promptly at 10 am.
Cape Ann Trail Stewards | PO Box 690 | Essex | MA | 01929