BRADFORD RAIL TRAIL:
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Last Updated: June 16, 2017
Length: Bradford Rail Trail; 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
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 Bradford Rail Trail 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 a work in progress consisting of three short 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 Laurel Ave; 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. Future construction will continue the trail underneath this bridge along the old rail bed (Currently scheduled to begin in 2018). A spur to your right leads up to Middlesex St.
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