James J. Fiorentini BRADFORD RAIL TRAIL:
Brian S. Dempsey BOARDWALK:
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Last Updated: June 16, 2017
Length: Bradford Rail Trail; 0.6 miles
Haverhill Boardwalk; Currently exists from both the Comeau & Basiliere Bridges with a gap in between.
Difficulty: Bradford Rail Trail; Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
Haverhill Boardwalk; Easy. Flat boardwalk.
Starting from Laurel Ave; From I-495 take exit 49 to Route 113 and head east to downtown Haverhill. Turn right over the Comeau Bridge crossing the river to Bradford. There is no official parking lot yet for the trail but on street parking is available to your right along Laurel Ave just after you travel underneath the RR bridge.
The James J. Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail follows the rail bed of the old Pan Am Railway along the Merrimack River in Bradford. Across the river in Haverhill, the Brian S. Dempsey Haverhill Boardwalk will run between the Basiliere & Comeau Bridges. When complete you will be able to create a loop utilizing both trails. Both trails are also 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 .
Bradford Rail Trail:
Starting from Laurel Ave (Comeau Bridge); To access the trail travel back out to S Elm St and head right. You'll quickly pick up the trail head on your left.
The paved Bradford Rail Trail travels east above the Merrimack River. Kiosk located at the trailhead. Look left to spot an old RR mileage marker that reads G6/B0 (Georgetown 6 miles/Bradford 0 miles). The trail currently ends just below the Basiliere Bridge (Route 125) after 0.6 miles. Kiosk located here. A spur to your right leads up to the Basiliere Bridge.
Construction is planned for 2021 to continue the trail underneath the bridge along the old rail bed out to S River St.
Currently exists as a boardwalk from both the Comeau & Basiliere Bridges with a gap in between.
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