Maudslay State Park

Newburyport, Massachusetts 1950

Maudslay State Park

Maudslay State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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"Right outside the seafaring town of Newburyport, Maudslay State Park encompasses a vast stretch of forest and rolling meadows high above the Merrimack River that has served as mansion grounds since the 1600s.

First it was William Moulton who earned a fortune mining silver along the riverbanks, and then his descendant Henry built a gothic wooden castle on the highest point in 1860. In 1896 financier Charles Moseley tore it down, building his own seventy-two-room estate, and fashioned the grounds after Maudsleigh, his family’s ancestral home in England."

"The town of Newburyport, 35 miles north of Boston on the North Shore. The terrain is relatively flat, with regular short climbs and descents. Watch for pedestrians and horseback riders, especially around blind corners. This park is a popular place for walking."

"Following trails and carriage roads, the hike takes you through meadows, woodlands, and formal gardens. From the site of the Moseley mansion, the hike follows Merrimack River north through hemlock woods where bald eagles roost in winter.

The park hosts a full schedule of cultural events in the summer months, and permits are available for special events. The trail called the Main Road is mostly wheelchair accessible; the other trails in this hike are not."

Maudslay State Park Reviews

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Please see my comments for the "Mountain Road" that is the trail I was looking for when I "found" Maudslay Park instead (the map is incorrect for Mtn Rd). I also uploaded pics of Maudslay Park. Its a nice open park. Quite crowded any day of the week. Parking is $2 per day. Trails wide (for the most part) and easy to follow. Not steep or challenging at all. Nice for a walk with family or leashed dogs or a picnic.
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Maudslay is a really fun series of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. I went mountain biking with a friend for 3 or 4 hours. After our ride, we took a rest at "indian rock" as it is known by the locals. You can also jump off of this rock into the Merrimack river. Overall, it is a fun, relaxing place to spend time and get outdoors. I highly recommend it. And it only cost $2 to park.
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One of the better State Parks in Mass. Lots of trails along the scenic Merrimac River. Spring offers Rhodendrums in bloom that are 10ft tall along carriage paths and the manicured gardens. Winter offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and the chance to spot some Bald Eagles. The Park also offers plays and concerts through out the year.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
185 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
The park is open year-round from 8 AM to sunset.
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
100 feet
Top Elevation
Maudslay State Park, 978-465-7223
Local Contacts
USGS Newburyport; Trail maps are available at Maudslay state Park Headquarters.
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Oct 2018