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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:04 AM | Kate Dardinski (Administrator)

    During this uncertain time, where the days and weeks that we face ahead remain unchartered, Cape Ann Trail Stewards staff and board find themselves all turning to the woods and trails for peace.  Clearly this is a choice that many of us are making!  Fresh air clears the mind, lifts our spirits and provides a sense of clarity during a time where things feel murky, at best.  Our mission to protect and promote safe and responsible trail use continues to be incredibly relevant right now.

    CATS is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and following all recommended guidelines from the CDC.  As all of you know, the recommended distance to keep between yourself and others (social distancing) remains 6 feet, and groups should not be any larger than 10 people at a time.  These guidelines change frequently so please keep informed.  Additionally, organizations may close their trail networks and trail heads.  We will do our best to keep you updated on the trails that CATS maintains.

    In order for trails to remain open to us all, we must follow the suggested guidelines.  Without trail access, I believe we would all feel much more isolated and fearful during this time.  It is up to us to follow the policies put in place by those who know much more than us about what is taking place with the COVID-19 outbreak.  

    CATS is committed to offering to its members and volunteers access to trail information on the sites that we maintain.  Currently we have nearly a half dozen trail maps up on our website, providing detailed information about hiking trails, many of them in Gloucester and Rockport.  We are working as quickly as possible to bring you more trail maps every day, so keep checking back as we add more trail information daily!  These are, as always, free and available to all.

    If you are interested in helping support our organization during this time where many of us find ourselves with extra time on our hands due to new working arrangements or lack of work, please reach out to us.  Our mission and work remain important, and we have plenty of work that remains to be done.  We would welcome any number of remote volunteers, from trail stewards to social media and marketing experts.  Please contact us and we will do our best to provide you with some guided remote volunteer opportunities.

    We will continue to keep you updated as things evolve during the days and weeks to come.  The staff and board of Cape Ann Trail Stewards wish you all peace and health during this time and always.  

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:49 AM | Kate Dardinski (Administrator)

    Our 2020 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run will have a bit of a makeover this year!  We are starting it out of Rockport this year (no neighboring sportsman club for better ambiance.)  Our friends from Team Gloucester have scouted out a great new route and we are excited to announce the date of Saturday, May 30!  Same start time - 9AM.    We are super excited for a great turnout this year!  Spread the word!  More details to come very soon.

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 8:00 AM | Kate Dardinski (Administrator)

    On Sunday, October 13, 35 hikers joined Cape Ann Trail Stewards and the Sunday Morning Hiking group for a 5 hour hike across Cape Ann.  Hikers began their hike at Cape Hedge Beach in Rockport and ended at Halibut State Park.  This hike was in honor of passed board member, Ted Tarr.  

  • Monday, October 07, 2019 9:00 AM | Kate Dardinski (Administrator)

    Just a reminder about the hunting season  - don't forget to wear orange and be safe!  Check with local organizations and municipalities about their hunting policies on protected land.  We are in Zone 10.

  • Monday, May 20, 2019 12:00 PM | Kate Dardinski (Administrator)

    Our 2nd Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run this past weekend was a huge hit!  The weather cooperated and we had a great group of nearly 100 runners join us this year.  Results can be found here.  We are already getting excited for next year's race!  Reach out if you'd like to help out!

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