Salisbury Rail Trail Connector

Massachusetts

Salisbury Rail Trail Connector Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Length: 0.3 miles
Trail end points: Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Clipper City Rail Trail
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7572446
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Salisbury Rail Trail Connector Description

The Salisbury Rail Trail Connector, also known as the Gillis Rail Trail Connector, is a 0.3-mile link between two rail-trails: Salisbury's Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Newburyport's Clipper City Rail Trail and Harborwalk.

The paved 10-foot-wide trail goes under the Gillis Bridge (US Route 1) on the north bank of the Merrimack River, providing panoramic views of the harbor, marinas, and the Newburyport riverfront. A brick-paved promenade, benches, a picnic table, and a Scenes of Salisbury gallery of seven 4-by-7-foot paintings attached to the bridge abutment create a riverside oasis next to the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

A parking area is available on Friedenfels Road off US Route 1 in Salisbury.

Salisbury Rail Trail Connector Reviews

The description of this trail is apt. It is a really good connector between the Clipper City and Marsh trails and the art makes for an excellent touch. Great views of the Harbor. You should be aware that the sidewalk over the bridge to get to this point is just that -- a sidewalk. It is is fine shape but it is not very wide and is not separated from traffic except by the curb. There is a sign that says to walk your bike over the bridge although most I observed were riding. I went over it with my toddler in a bike trailer and it was fine but I probably would not feel too comfortable taking children over it on their own bikes or feet.

As we crossed the river from Newburyport and continued on the connector to the Marsh Trail, I was delighted to find the art work hanging under the bridge. What a classy way to enter Salisbury.

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