2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
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capeannvacations.com 21 River. And the Stavros Reservation (TTOR), following a short hike uphill, reveals spectacular vistas over the marsh to Essex Bay. Just south of Essex is the picturesque town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, boasting one of the most scenic small parks in all of New England – Masconomo Park. Finally, don't miss the Coolidge Reservation (TTOR) and its wooded trails that lead to an expansive seaside lawn and a corner of Magnolia Beach. Biking: Cape Ann's varied terrain offers wonderful bicycling opportunities for both on-road and mountain bikers. The best on-road biking routes (25- 51 mile loops) hug the coast from Manchester-by-the-Sea to Rockport, with a loop back into Downtown Gloucester. Follow the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway route counter-clockwise for the best views. Start in Gloucester for the short loop or extend your ride with a trek through Manchester and Essex. Shorter bike loops include: Goose Cove Reservoir in Gloucester (3-miles, paved off-road trail, one hill) and Gloucester's Backshore loop (6-miles on-road loop, ocean views). Mountain Biking and Cyclocross: The easiest mountain biking terrain can be found in Ravenswood Park (TTOR). Dogtown Common offers more challenging mountain biking opportunities, including long winding banked trails and rocky terrain. And for you cyclocross enthusiasts, the Gran Prix of Cape Ann Cyclocross races occurs in October at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, offering competitive and exciting bicycle racing for riders and spectators alike. See gpgloucester.com for the latest race information. Cape Ann By Land & By Sea