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Currently just over two miles long, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful walk or bike ride through the woods on a well-maintained stone-dust trail. A paved extension was constructed in 2020, bringing the western end of the trail further into Amesbury via a highway underpass. The route is one part of the larger Coastal Trails Network of rail-trails linking the coastal towns of Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport and Newbury.
Sharing railroad history with the Amesbury Riverwalk, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail got its name because the train cars transported carriages and early auto bodies covered with white muslin shrouds. The trains passed through Salisbury with their "ghostly" freight on their way to Boston, Detroit and New York. Passenger service was also popular on the Salisbury rail line, and people could travel throughout New England, or even make a transcontinental journey from Salisbury. In 1936 passenger service was discontinued.
You can access the trail from three convenient parking areas at Lion's Park, Bartlett Street and Rabbit Road. To reach Bartlett Street from I-95, take Exit 58 for State Route 110 east. Take SR 110 (Elm Street) about 2 miles; turn left on Bartlett Street. The parking lot will be on your left.
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