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The Bay Circuit Trail in Ipswich

The Bay Circuit Trail is approaching the fulfillment of an eighty-year old dream – a permanent public recreational trail and greenway, linking parks and open spaces in fifty-seven Boston area communities, 200 miles from Duxbury and Kingston on the South Shore to Ipswich and Plum Island on the North Shore. Eleven miles of marked trails are in Ipswich.

Within a stone’s throw for millions of people in eastern Massachusetts, the Bay Circuit Trail is ideal for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Extending through 34 towns, this “outer Emerald Necklace” stretches from Plum Island in the north to Kingston Bay in the south.

The Bay Circuit Trail in Ipswich enters Willowdale State Forest and continues north to Rowley through the town owned Dow-Bull Brook preservation land. An eastern branch of the Bay Circuit Trail separates in Willowdale State Forest, and continues through Bradley Palmer, the Discover Hamilton Trail, the Pengry Estate, Appleton Farms, and New England Biolabs, from which some day it will hopefully continue to Crane Beach.

The Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide is the essential day-hiker’s companion to the 200-mile-long trail and greenway encircling Boston This guide, the first trail-friendly, waterproof map and guide to the entire BCT―features three easy-to-use topographical maps. Included are more than 30 multi-use trip suggestions, safety tips, natural and cultural history sidebars, and more. Scale and parking identification allow for easy navigation to trailheads. These maps are based on highly accurate digital trail data compiled by AMC’s staff cartographer.


Complete Bay Circuit Trail

Bay Circuit Trail, Descriptions and maps

Trail description and Map files are in PDF format. If you have difficulty opening any of these files, right click on the file, save to disk, and then open the saved file using Adobe Acrobat reader. Click here to see our interactive map.

How to Use the Maps and Guide >>

Map sections for the Bay Circuit Trail >>

Description of Section1A, 07/2016
Map 1A, 12/2017
Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley

Section 1B
Hamilton & Essex is not yet available

Description of Section2, 07/2017
Map 2, 09/2017
Rowley, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield, Georgetown, Boxford

Description of Section3, 07/2016
Map 3, 12/2017
Boxford, North Andover, Andover

Description of Section4, 07/2016
Map 4, 12/2017
Andover, Tewksbury, Lowell

Description of Section5A, 07/2017
Map 5A, 12/2017
Tewksbury, Billerica, Bedford

Description of Section5B, 07/2016
Map 5B, 12/2017
Lowell, Chelmsford, Carlisle, Westford

Description of Section6, 07/2017
Map 6, 12/2017
Carlisle, Bedford, Acton, Concord

Description of Section7, 01/2019
Map 7, 03/2019
Concord, Lincoln, Wayland

Description of Section8, 01/2019
Map 8, 2/2019
Sudbury, Framingham, Marlborough, Southborough, Ashland, Sherborn

Description of Section9, 07/2017
Map 9, 12/2017
Sherborn, Medfield

Description of Section10, 07/2017
Map 10, 12/2017
Medfield, Walpole, Sharon

Description of Section11, 07/2017
Map 11, 12/2017
Sharon, Easton

Description of Section12, 7/2016
Map 12, 12/2017
Easton, the Bridgewaters

Description of Section13, 7/2016
Map 13, 12/2017
East Bridgewater, Pembroke, Hanson

Description of Section14, 7/2016
Map 14, 12/2017
Pembroke, Duxbury, Kingston


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