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The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for over 3.5 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire state line, north of Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built in 2009 and adds to an already impressive list of rail-trails in the area. An extension was completed in 2020, connecting the trail to the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail and providing a convenient pathway over Route 1 and out to the state line.
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 reaches a junction with the Ghost Trail at Salisbury's Lions Park; trail users can opt to hop on that trail to head west into Amesbury, or continue north through the wooded corridor into New Hampshire.
On the trail's southern end, just 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, forming a convenient network of pathways throughout the coastal communities.
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.
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