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 the 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.(and if conditions permit, we will take a short detour off Commons Road to see cellar hole "S", tucked deep in the woods).
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 insopirational sayings. From there it will be a short hike up the fire road back to Dogtown Road and our cars.
This is relatively easy hike, with mostly gentle grades, but plenty of rocks and roots underfoot. With stops, be prepared for the hike to take just over 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 map of parking location here 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.
Cape Ann Trail Stewards | PO Box 690 | Essex | MA | 01929