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    • Sunday, August 01, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    **REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPENS JULY 11TH**

    Join us for a hike that explores all the distinctive areas of Ravenswood, from the lowland Magnolia Swamp on the west to the highland pine woods on the east.   See the map and route here.

    The route offers a mix of terrain – starting with the easy boardwalk through Magnolia Swamp....to wide carriage roads... then narrow winding trails on the east-side "inner loops," through the deeper parts of the woods.  

    Along the way, we’ll see rich vegetation of all types, including the namesake magnolias, old growth pines, and distinctive rocks covered with a rich head of bright green ferns.   The view from the lookout spot on Ledge Hill Trail is always spectacular, and on this hike, we’ll have a bonus, stopping there twice, coming from different directions. The trails vary from easy to moderate, with many ups and downs along the way.  Total distance is about 4 miles;   allow two hours from the starting point.

    As always, please bring water, proper footwear and snacks (and bug spray/suncreen as needed).  Rain date will be scheduled for the following non-holiday Sunday.  And email will go out by Sunday morning at 8AM prior to the walk if it is cancelled due to rain.  

    Registration is limited, please register early and if you cannot make it, let us know so we can add those on the wait list.  Group size has been restricted to 20.  

    • Saturday, September 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 550 Western Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
    • 20
    Register

    Registration will open on August 1!

    Follow trip leader Dave Marro (Cape Ann Trail Stewards Director and Chair of the Magnolia Woods Advisory Committee) on a walk across Magnolia Woods. This newly created trail links the southern edge of the Trustees of Reservation's Ravenswood Park with the City of Gloucester's Rafe's Chasm Park. The walk will include spectacular views of the ocean from the dramatic Rafe's Chasm cliffs. Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven trails for 3 miles round trip. 

    Space is limited; reservations are required. Park at the main entrance to Magnolia Woods off of Rte. 127/Western Avenue. Please do not bring dogs. 


    • Saturday, October 02, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Rockport train station
    Register

    Join Cape Ann Trail Stewards for a 5 mile trail race through Dogtown.  All participants will earn a one year membership to Cape Ann Trail Stewards with their race entry fee, and profits from this race go back to trails on Cape Ann. 

    The race will be starting from Rockport again this year!  

    The course passes through unique landscapes that offer runners a technical, exciting terrain guaranteed to challenge even the most nimble runners. 

    Racers will enjoy running through much of Dogtown, past many cultural and natural features such as the cellar holes, Briar Swamp, Whale's Jaw and other interesting sites. 

    Membership fees are $25. Mail in forms available as well. 


    Visit our Facebook page for periodic updates and race day information. 


Past events

Sunday, June 27, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike: Norton Forest & JerryMannder Trail
Sunday, June 20, 2021 Poles Hill Solstice Hike
Sunday, June 13, 2021 Magnolia Woods Mountain Laurel Hike
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Reservoir - #2
Saturday, June 05, 2021 National Trails Day at Woodland Acres/Pine Pit
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Annual Meeting/Native Plants talk (Zoom)
Saturday, May 29, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Boulders
Sunday, May 23, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pigeon Hill St to Bad Dog & Anne’s Path, plus Steel - ~4 mi.
Saturday, May 22, 2021 Joint CATS/Rockport Rights of Way Work Morning at Delamater Sanctuary
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 CATS May Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, May 02, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Dogtown - ~4 mi.
Monday, April 19, 2021 Earth Week 2021 DIY Trail Cleanup
Friday, December 11, 2020 2020 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - Virtual Challenge: Dec 11-13!
Thursday, November 26, 2020 CATS Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 CATS November Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Powderhouse Hill Hike
Sunday, October 11, 2020 2nd Annual Cross Cape Ann Hike
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 CATS October Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Haskell Pond loop Hike
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 CATS Board Meeting - Zoom
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 CATS Annual Meeting - Wildflower Talk and Business Meeting
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 CATS Board Meeting
Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Rockport Rights of Way Andrews Woods Cleanup
Sunday, October 13, 2019 1st annual Ted Tarr Cross Cape Ann Walk
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Trails and Sails Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Pole Hill Solstice Walk
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Mountain Laurel Hike in Magnolia Woods to Rafe's Chasm
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 CATS Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Rockport Conservation Commission Earth Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Earth Day Cleanup with Clean Gloucester - 3rd Annual
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Stewardship Saturday: Poles Hill
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sunday Morning Manchester Hike
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Stewardship Saturday - Dogtown
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Stewardship Saturdays - Location TBD


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