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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 18 May 2017
Andy S
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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... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Robert C
Damariscotta, Maine
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This Gloucester trail runs through quarries and woods.
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All reviews fun hike great place to hike cape ann great walk couple of hours a lot of fun commons boulders sayings jaw woods civilization hiked hiking carved nature paths
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful surroundings including a quarry, several little waterfalls, tons of trails to hike or just walk, etc. Everyone I passed always had something nice to say or were super helpful with directions. Would’ve liked to stay longer but it was a last-minute road trip. Looking...More

Thank Lori D
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park makes for wonderful walks. I highly recommend that you take a map before you start walking, in order to keep Your bearings.

Thank jb322ok
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Went here for a hike. Hard to find some of these sites as they were not marked well. Such as Peters Pulpit. We did find the boulders that all had names, words or numbers on them. Some were not shown on map so was hard...More

Thank Dibird50
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Wander around for a couple of hours. Look for the boulders with messages on them for the workers housed here. Remember hard work is its own reward.

Thank likeparty
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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

5  Thank Gabe R
Reviewed 18 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

2  Thank Gonzology
Reviewed 19 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

4  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 19 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

2  Thank 1852house
Reviewed 5 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
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