OLD EASTERN MARSH TRAIL:

SALISBURY, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:         June 3, 2014

Length:                   Old Eastern Marsh Trail; 1.4 miles

                                  Connection to the Harborwalk Rail Trail/Clipper City Rail Trail; 0.7 miles

                                  On-road connection to the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail; 0.8 miles

 Difficulty:              Easy. Flat, paved rail trail.

Directions:

From Route 1, north or south, just before the Gillis Bridge over the Merrimack River in Salisbury turn onto Friedenfels St. The parking area is on your right just before the stone arched tunnel under the old rail bed. 

The Old Eastern Marsh Trail extends from the Merrimack River to Mudnock Rd along the old Eastern Railroad Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. It passes through pristine sections of the Great Marsh with beautiful views and world class bird watching. The Old Eastern Marsh Trail is part of a 30 mile system of trails planned to extend to the coast, through Salisbury, and on to Newburyport and Newbury. The COASTAL TRAILS COALITION is working to bring that system to reality. This trail is also part of the regional BORDER TO BOSTON TRAIL , an emerging 28-mile shared use trail linking eight communities from the New Hampshire border to Bostonís North Shore. Part of the EAST COAST GREENWAY .

Starting from the Friedenfels Street parking lot; A stone tablet with a map of the old Eastern Railroad is located next to a ramp that takes you up to the trail. Here you'll find a map board.

Note; Left (south) brings you 0.2 miles to an overlook of the Merrimac River where the trail currently ends. The old RR trestle still crosses the river, but contains a gap where a section has been turned permanently to allow for boat traffic. This is the reason the trail will probably never utilize the old trestle. An informational signboard is located here, as well as other points along the trail. The Clipper City Rail Trail continues along the opposite side of the river along the same rail line in the city of Newburyport. 

Heading north along the wide paved trail you travel through the woods along a berm and pass by a new granite mile marker (2) on your left and an old RR mile marker on your right. After about 1/2 a mile you'll pass by a spur trail out to Route 1on the right. The trail then travels between a large marsh full of reeds. You cross a culvert and come to the 1 mile marker on your left, then another old RR marker on the right. The trail currently ends at Mudnock Rd after 1.2 miles. Another map board is located here. Future plans call for continuing the trail north along the old rail bed and connecting into the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail about a mile away. 

Note; You can connect to the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail on-road by heading left along Mudnock Rd out to Route 110. Cross over to Cushing St (USE CAUTION as there is no cross-walk) and follow to the trail at 0.8 miles. 

To connect to the Harborwalk Rail Trail/Clipper City Rail Trail; From the Friedenfels Street parking lot; Cross the road and follow the paved trail back out to Route 1. The paved trail then heads right taking you underneath Route 1 to the south side where it brings you out to a pedestrian walkway. Head left along the walkway over the Gillis Bridge and enjoy the great views of the Merrimack River. After reaching Newburyport you'll pass by a set of stairs on your left before coming to a paved path off the walkway on the left. Follow this path down to the waters edge where it connects to the Harborwalk Rail Trail at 0.7 miles. See; Clipper City Rail Trail .

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