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Use Caution

There is a shooting range right at the main entrance. This is not why my subject line is "Use... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gabe R
Dogtown

Fun hike, easy to walk around. I hear that the bugs can be bad in the summer, but on this cool day... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Andy S
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This Gloucester trail runs through quarries and woods.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good41%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a shooting range right at the main entrance. This is not why my subject line is "Use Caution". This area was quite loud (not a relaxing stroll through the woods) so we opted to enter from a lesser-known area over by Blackburn Industrial...More

Thank Gabe R
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Fun hike, easy to walk around. I hear that the bugs can be bad in the summer, but on this cool day there were none. It was great finding the boulders with the sayings on them. It's a large area and we only did a...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The interior of Cape Ann is known as Dogtoiwn Common. Early on pioneers settled in the interior but later abandined their homes and farms as the fishing industry developed. They abandioned their dogs whic went wild hence the name On nature walks you will discover...More

Thank Gonzology
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We have hiked the Common twice now and both times were very enjoyable but I have to say right up front that the trail maps and trails can be very confusing leading you to hike much more than you intend to (for instance our latest...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were lucky enough to have a map ready before we arrived, although there is a mailbox near the main sign that contains maps. It's a good idea to have a plan in place (as well as water, snacks, restroom break before arriving). A lot...More

Thank 1852house
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Truly don't go without a plan in case you get lost. Most people do. It's nature having taken over whatever humans attempted to do and its so relaxing and peaceful and beautiful (until one happens on a creepy joke, in the middle of nowhere, like...More

Thank JamyMadeja
Reviewed 8 December 2016

There are trails for everyone. Long ones, short ones. If your looking to spend an hour or the day you can hike and explore all you want. Trails can be difficult to follow as the markers are not easy to spot. The map helps but...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 2 November 2016

There are several trails here. We followed up the Babson Boulder trail using g a GPS and a map with coordinates otherwise we would never had found most of them. These trails could use a much better marking system. It's unfortunate because it's a very...More

Thank Fran G
Reviewed 16 August 2016

I truly pays to do your homework and read up about this historic site online before visiting because the stories behind Dogtown is truly fascinating and also try and bring a map of the boulders along as they can be tricky to locate. Quite a...More

1  Thank sam t
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Dogtown Common is a great way to spend an afternoon. There are multiple trails that take you through beautiful wooded trails, up and over glacier moraines, thru bogs and wetlands combined with history and inspiration - not your average day hike! You will want to...More

1  Thank responsibletravel
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