BRADFORD RAIL TRAIL:
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Last Updated: June 01, 2012
Length: Bradford Rail Trail; 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat hard packed gravel rail trail.
Starting from the Haverhill Riverwalk; From I-495 take exit 50 to Route 97 south to downtown Haverhill. Turn right on Merrimack St which becomes Washington St and travel through town. Just before you pass underneath a RR bridge turn left where you'll see a large blue Parking sign. This brings you to a short section of the Riverwalk and a parking lot. You'll need to cross over the river to access the trail, as there is no parking lot for the trail at this time.
The Bradford Rail Trail is still a work in progress with Phase 1 still uncompleted as of June 1, 2012. It follows the rail bed of the old Pan Am Railway along the Merrimack River. Along the opposite side of the river the Haverhill Riverwalk is also a work in progress consisting of three unconnected sections. When the two trails are complete it will enable you to complete a loop utilizes two bridges over the river. Both trails are part of the regional Merrimack River Trail, a planned Greenway along the Merrimack River through Massachusetts. For more information visit; BRADFORD RAIL TRAIL & Merrimack River Trail .
Starting from the Haverhill Riverwalk; The Riverwalk is incomplete and this section is very short. To access the Bradford Rail Trail travel back out to Washington St and turn left. Follow the sidewalk underneath the RR bridge and bear left along Route 113. Turn left and cross over the Comeau Bridge to the Bradford section of Haverhill. Long RR trestle over the river to your left. Bear left on S Elm St underneath the RR tracks and you'll pass by a building. Turn left past this building and follow the paved drive to the start of the Bradford Rail Trail after 0.4 miles.
The Bradford Rail Trail currently consists of of hard packed gravel and is a bit rough. Look left to spot an old RR mileage marker that reads G6/B0. The trail travels east above the southern bank of the Merrimack River before coming to the S Main St bridge (Route 125) after 0.6 miles. Future construction will continue the trail underneath this bridge along the river.
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