Words couldn’t ring more true, especially given the uncertain and restrictive circumstances surrounding the Corona virus. While we miss our favorite Newburyport summer events, the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the local scenery isn’t half bad: that’s why we’ve compiled the Top Five Scenic Walking Trails in and around Newburyport in one easy-to-read list! And you won’t have to go far…don your masks and check out some of these beautiful, local spots!
1. Maudslay State Park Newburyport, MA
This remarkable State Park is scattered with various trails, hillsides, and ocean views. Managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the park stays beautiful year-round for hiking aficionados and casual walkers alike to enjoy (although visitors can also enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding). The park features 19th-century gardens and planting areas, vast meadows sprinkled with wildflowers, colossal pines, and one of “the largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts” (via Maudslay State Park). Better yet, you’re able to have a new experience every time you go–try a new trail with each visit! Old structures and views of the nearby Merrimac River make this spot a must-visit for both locals and tourists (and yes, you can bring your dog!).
2. The Clipper City Rail Trail – Newburyport, MA
The “Rail Trail” spans for nearly four miles and takes walkers, joggers, and cyclists through a beautiful tour of Newburyport. While this trail features coastal views of the Merrimac River, it’s unique in its exquisite trailside art, featuring curated sculptures and interactive artwork. It’s well-paved and has numerous breakoff points for pit-stops…because you never know when you might need an ice cream break!
3. Mosely Woods Park – Newburyport, MA
Mosely Woods feature heavily-wooded trails that form a mile-long loop throughout Newburyport. Right near the local John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge, Moseley Woods provide scenic views and hilly trails perfect for the family (and your dogs, too!). Best of all: there’s a playground with swings, slides, and more. You can climb your way down to the waterfront to dip your toes in, or stick to the trails and have a picnic on one of the park’s many benches…however you go about your visit, Moseley Woods Park is the perfect walking destination for the family!
4. Old Town Hill Newbury, MA
Just a ten-minute drive from historic Downtown Newburyport is Old Town Hill in Newbury. Take a climb to the top of a 168-foot coastal promontory to enjoy panoramic views of New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals and local salt marshes. On your way upward, you can enjoy the breathtaking salt marsh vista and sunset-viewing areas. This spot is a local treasure, so it’s usually not crowded…it makes for an intimate outdoor experience!
5. Little River Trail – Newburyport, MA
The last of the walking trails in Newburyport on the list is a hidden outdoor gem. This trail follows the local Little River, a major tributary of the Parker River. The Little River Trail is easily walked and home to many different bird species…visitors will find that it’s a great spot to observe local wildlife. It’s a short drive from Newburyport’s bustling Port Plaza, making for a relaxing post-errand stroll! Better yet, this trail’s generally flat terrain is perfect for little ones to explore.