Maudslay State Park

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Maudslay State Park

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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."

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Hampton Falls, NH
Adventurer | 461 pts
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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.
Haverhill, MA
Explorer | 20 pts
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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.
Adventurer | 295 pts
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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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Hiking Massachusetts (Falcon Guides)
Benjamin B. Ames
"This flat loop around a 480-acre park begins with a visit to the ruins of a historic mansion, with commanding views of the Merrimack River and stunning summer flower blooms. The path then traces the edge of a cliff side just above the river’s edge—a favorite winter roosting area for bald eagles. After a quick trip to the park’s highest point (a modest 150-foot hill), it loops back to the start."
Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall
"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."

Trail Information

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Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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Skill Level
1.5 hours
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