Amesbury Riverwalk

Massachusetts

Amesbury Riverwalk Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Length: 1.3 miles
Trail end points: Water Street and Carriagetown Marketplace off Rocky Hill Road (Amesbury)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6166882
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Amesbury Riverwalk Description

A lovely, albeit short, rail-trail in northeastern Massachusetts, the 1.3-mile Amesbury Riverwalk (a.k.a. Powwow Riverwalk) is the first completed section of the Coastal Trails Network, linking the four communities of Amesbury, Salisbury, Newbury and Newburyport along former rail lines. The riverwalk will eventually connect with the Salisbury Point Ghost Train Trail.

The Amesbury Riverwalk starts on Water Street in the Lower Mills district of downtown Amesbury. Approaching the trailhead, you'll first see the large Boston & Maine Railroad Depot and then the much smaller Salisbury Point Station, which was built in the 1870s by the rival Eastern Railroad. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the local economy revolved around the carriage building, involving more than 100 businesses, including 26 manufacturing companies. On display outside Salisbury Point Station are historical photographs of the mill yards, the railroad and the 1915 Annual Town Bike Race, showing men riding through Amesbury on high-wheeled bicycles. The trailhead also marks the future site of the Amesbury visitor center and a carriage museum.

The first third of the Riverwalk follows the bank of the scenic Powwow River. Keep watch for the area's abundant wildlife. The Powwow joins the Merrimack River in Amesbury, and both reach to the sea, making them rich habitat for a variety of birds and turtles, as well as beaver, mink and fishers. The trail briefly jogs across a road bridge via a sidewalk before it returns to the main railroad corridor and continues to parallel the river. Then the trail skirts a manufacturing company parking lot and loading dock before returning to a more typical, straight rail-trail route.

The onward trail offers a peaceful walk through wooded areas and neighborhoods, with only two road crossings before reaching the trail's end at Carriagetown Marketplace.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Amesbury trailhead, take Interstate 95 to Exit 58 for State Route 110 west. Turn right on Elm Street. In 2 miles, turn left on Water Street. The free municipal parking lot is on the left. The trail begins at the bottom of the hill.

To reach the Carriagetown Marketplace trailhead, take I-95 to Exit 58 for Route 110 west. At the second traffic light, turn right into the Carriagetown Marketplace parking lot. The trail starts on the far west end of the lot.

Amesbury Riverwalk Reviews

My fiance and I always see this trail from the on-ramp to 495 from 110, so we decided to walk it this weekend. It's a nice mile or so walk, nice foliage, and at the end goes behind some pretty nice houses. We're looking to buy some bikes, so hopefully we can make a habit of biking this and the other area trails!

We biked this trail as a loop connecting to the Clipper City, Ghost, and Marsh trails. They are planning a connection between this and the Ghost trail which will be excellent when it happens because there is no good connection now. The trail was in good shape and was very pretty. It doesn't actually go right along the river; even the part that is close to the river doesn't have wide open river views because of foliage. If you were expecting lots of river views you would probably be disappointed but if you are looking for a nice stroll through a suburban area on a quality trail then you should be pleased. The village of Amesbury is at the western end of the trail and it is nice to bike through also.

I love biking and this trail is on my top 3! I love it because it is paved and not to long like other trails.

Accordion

I used to bike this trail regularly when I lived in Amesbury. I moved in 2004. I can't believe they still haven't finished connecting all the trails yet. What's the problem? Lack of money?


The Amesbury Riverwalk was the first completed section of the Coastal Trails Network, linking Amesbury to Salisbury, Newburyport and Newbury, and the Border to Boston Route from Salisbury to Danvers along former trail lines.

Just rode my Trikke (www.trikke.com) on the Amesbury Riverwalk last Sunday at the recommendation of a friend who lives in Amesbury. Nicely paved, 98% clean of debris, pleasant scenery. At 1.3 miles I can't wait till the other connecting trails are added. Will definitely return for quick rides in Amesbury.

Kenny Mayne
Ipswich Bay Trikke Club
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=55307892997

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