Maudslay State Park

Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Maudslay State Park offers a relaxing place to ride with a number of natural sights not found in other parts of the state. The American bald eagle nests here during the winter months. A portion of the park remains closed to the public so that this majestic creature can reside undisturbed. Trail maps indicate where the nesting areas are, and riding trails intentionally follow the contours of the closed areas just so trail users can peer into the bird's habitat. The park offers a calm, flowing surface that could be ridden on a hybrid without difficulty. some trail surfaces are loose, but it's not slippery gravel or sand. A mulch and wood-chip layer helps maintain the paths and keeps water from rutting the trails. The hill grades here are very moderate, and the only real steep area, the Punchbowl, is closed to all visitors. Terrain: Packed dirt doubletrack with an occasional rock or root. a minimal amount of singletrack and some grass fields. Mulch and bark are present on some trails to fill in holes and deter erosion.
Mountain Bike America: Boston

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Mountain Bike America: Boston

by Jeff Cutler (The Globe Pequot Press)

Maudslay State Park offers a relaxing place to ride with a number of natural sights not found in other parts of the state. The American bald eagle nests here during the winter months. A portion of the park remains closed to the public so that this majestic creature can reside undisturbed. Trail maps indicate where the nesting areas are, and riding trails intentionally follow the contours of the closed areas just so trail users can peer into the bird's habitat.

The park offers a calm, flowing surface that could be ridden on a hybrid without difficulty. some trail surfaces are loose, but it's not slippery gravel or sand. A mulch and wood-chip layer helps maintain the paths and keeps water from rutting the trails. The hill grades here are very moderate, and the only real steep area, the Punchbowl, is closed to all visitors. Terrain: Packed dirt doubletrack with an occasional rock or root. a minimal amount of singletrack and some grass fields. Mulch and bark are present on some trails to fill in holes and deter erosion.

©  Jeff Cutler/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Newburyport
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 185 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: The park is open year-round from 8 AM to sunset.
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 100 feet
Local Contacts: Maudslay State Park, 978-465-7223
Local Maps: USGS Newburyport; Trail maps are available at Maudslay state Park Headquarters.
Driving Directions: Directions to Maudslay State Park

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