Salisbury has a couple of rail trails in development, all part of the Coastal Trails network. The Ghost Trail (below) which enters Amesbury and the Old Eastern Marsh Trail which parallels Route 1 and goes into Newburyport as part of the Border to Boston rail trail project. (click here for full uncropped map) Recently they…

I took the 40 year old Armstrong to Newburyport’s Maudslay State Park, not a rail trail but a nice walk in the woods nonetheless. The park is billed as a multi-use park which includes cycling. And it does, but a great many of the trails are a challenge, more suitable to fat tire and mountain…

The paving of this lovely shared use trail is nearing completion. Four and a half marked miles, and passable from end to end, it is heavily used compared to most other Merrimack Valley trails. On a Sunday, you will meet serious cyclists and soccer moms with strollers, but even on its busiest day there are…

Derry Rail Trail

The Derry Rail Trail Starts from behind the Depot Steakhouse on West Broadway, it terminates at Windham Road where it connects to the Windham Trail. It is paved for much of it, as is the rest of Derry downtown Bike Loop, but even the unpaved section is walkable and even bikeable, if you don’t mind…

behind acadia mill, originally uploaded by jgodsey. I hiked the Depot to Lawrence Line yesterday, however the rail bed is absolutely impassable from Union Street to behind the Granite Ave Apartments. If you can get on the right of way, it’s a pleasant walk or ride on your mountain bike, that leads up behind Chase…

Bike Maps

Rubel BikeMaps are carried in the better bike shops and I even would suspect Borders and Barnes and Noble would not be sold out of them from time to time. I picked up mine at Al French’s Moor and Mountain in Andover for about $12. It is most like a regular auto map, in size…

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came up with a checklist to judge the bikeability of your community. (Direct Link) (Printable PDF version)

Groundworks Lawrence has been working to open up Lawrence’s greenspaces and link them by reclaiming the banks of the Spicket River. They expect to complete this lovely green necklace in the fall of 2009 with a park at Stevens Pond, adjacent to the Malden Mills/Polartec facility. This of course is conveniently where the southern end…

Status

UP5492vieweast, originally uploaded by jgodsey. As it stands the 2.5 miles of Rail bed belongs to the MBTA. If Methuen wants to develop this property for use as a public Bike/Ped trail, we need to lease the land from the MBTA for 99 years. The section that screams for use by the public runs north…

Starting point

UP5496viewnorth, originally uploaded by jgodsey. This is a what our trail looks like on it’s best days. Some of the sections near Rail Road Street have a thick growth of small trees and shrubs. Nothing that can’t be removed with lopping shears and elbow grease.