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Dogtown Common

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Address: Gloucester, MA

This Gloucester trail runs through quarries and woods.

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A great place to hike and get into nature in the 'Burbs

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert C
Damariscotta, Maine
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Damariscotta, Maine
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 visit was planned for 2 hours but ended up being 3.5 hours due to confusing... More 

Thank Robert C
Kendall, New York
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44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 of fun looking for the various boulders and imaging what the town looked liked before... More 

Thank 1852house
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 a baby doll nailed to a tree). Spooky and wonderful, depending on the day! Quite... More 

Thank JamyMadeja
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 that too can be difficult to follow. There are plenty of photo ops and the... More 

Thank Dave W
Leominster, Massachusetts
1 review
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 enjoyable wal and would be a great place to take kids.

Thank Fran G
Medford, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 beautiful and even enchanting spot.

1 Thank sam t
Concord, New Hampshire
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117 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 do your homework (history and trail map) to gain an appreciation but it is well... More 

1 Thank responsibletravel
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

This hike has a lot of potential. We did not stay on the "main course" and got terribly lost! The map itself is not helpful. There are hardly any markers throughout. I had to eventually use my phone gps and realized we were so far away from where we parked. It is lovely and the area is very neat.

1 Thank saragslp
Rockport, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

a viewer wrote that they left pronto after hearing GUNFIRE at dog town commons. Please note.....the police dept. has a firing range not far from the boundaries of dog town. it is an approved firing line and nothing to fret about.

5 Thank michael t
1 review
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Beautiful area to hike. Lots to do with all the things to search for. We even hiked other paths and enjoyed the beauty of the rocks left behind by the glaciers.

Thank Mary J

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