The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built in 2009 and adds to an already impressive list of rail-trails in the area.
Starting from the parking lot off Friedenfels Street, the trail begins right on the north bank of the Merrimack River. Heading north, the Old Eastern March Trail (Salisbury Rail Trail) passes briefly through a wooded area, where the remnants of classic New England stonewalls are visible to the left. After the trail takes a gentle turn to the left, it continues through a picturesque coastal salt marsh. The trail maintains a straight course from here, ending in a Salisbury neighborhood at Mudnock Road.
Across the river from the trail is the Clipper City Rail Trail & Harbor Walk
. Joining the two rail-trails is the Salisbury Rail Trail Connector
, which takes trail users safely between the north end of Gillis Bridge and the trailhead at Friedenfels Street.
To get to the trailhead and parking area on Friedenfels Street: From I-95, take exit 58 and head east on Mass. Rt. 110. When you reach US Rt. 1 after about 1.5 miles, take a right and head south. Continue for approximately 1 mile and look for Friedenfels Street on your right. It will be the last turn before the drawbridge. Take a right and the trailhead will be on your right.
This is a beautiful walk or ride through the Salisbury salt marshes. Open spaces with an abundance of wildlife and birds surround you on this 1.4 mile trail. Halfway through the hike there is a resting spot with amazing view of the wetlands. A birders ...