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Dogtown Common

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Address: Gloucester, MA
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This Gloucester trail runs through quarries and woods.

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Best place to get lost in nature

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 beautiful and even enchanting spot.

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1 Thank sam t
Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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1 Thank responsibletravel
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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1 Thank saragslp
Rockport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 Thank michael t
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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.

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

A wild and awsm place to hike or bike. Lots of rich Rockport and Gloucester history around every turn. You won't be sorry. Look up "Dogtown" on the net for all the goods on this scary place.

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upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

I was expecting low scrubby and sandy terrain but Dogtown Common is a wooded and hilly location--beautiful fall foliage. We did have the Carlotto guide and that was helpful. You can almost navigate by the sound of gunfire at the shooting range. I suggest actual hiking shoes or boots as it is somewhat rocky and uneven in places. Carvings on... More 

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