Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

Massachusetts

Salisbury Point Ghost Trail Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Length: 1.8 miles
Trail end points: Lions Park and Rabbit Road (Salisbury)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6131673
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Salisbury Point Ghost Trail Description

Currently 1.8 miles, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful walk or bike ride through the woods on a well-maintained stone-dust trail. 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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Salisbury Point Ghost Trail Reviews

Parked in the middle at Bartlett St (there is space for 3-4 cars) and just walked the eastern 1/3 of the trail. Nice and shady. Crushed stone path. Very tall trees. It felt very majestic walking amongst them. Very peaceful and quiet.

Nice flat trail through the woods parallel to Route 110. Our neighbor used it to teach her kids how to bike - good place for it since it has a flat dirt/gravel surface. Well maintained, with mile markers and some raised gardens of shade plants on the Eastern end. I agree with other reviewers that it is not a destination in itself, but it is great for local use and a nice extension to other nearby trails.

Mostly paved surface, plenty of locals using the trail for biking. Similar to MinuteMan trail in Lexington, MA. I brought my dogs but be respectful of the area should your dog need to drop. Plenty of places to park along the trail and the map provided by this site does map those parking areas correctly. I like this trail because its close to Haverhill, MA. Nothing really challenging about this trail in elevation or the sort. No Vista views. For me its all about proximity to my neck of the woods. Three stars for a nicely maintained and accessible trail that is safe for all ages.

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This was an enjoyable ride through woods in Salisbury. The surface was fine for hybrid bikes. The large solar array on the western side was interesting and it looks like they are planning some landscaping there also. I would not make this trail a destination in itself but is was very nice when combined with the Clipper City and Old Eastern marsh trails, which are more remarkable than this trail.

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