ANNUAL CHILI RIDE scheduled for Sunday, November 20, 2016 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER PREDICTIONS
Trails in the Eagle Wintering Area will be closing Nov 1
EQUESTRIANS PLEASE CLEAN UP MANURE AND HAY FROM YOUR PARKING AREAS
EQUESTRIAN CONTACT INFORMATION
Maudslay State Park Assoc.
54 Congress St
Salisbury, MA 01952
PARK CONTACT INFORMATION
MA DEPT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
MAUDSLAY STATE PARK
CURZON MILL ROAD
Maudslay Bridle Paths
Watch for trail use postings at the head of most trails. They will tell you if horses are prohibited from the trail.
Note that all trails that branch off to the left
(west) of Mile Circle are off limits to horses. It is there that you
will find the formal gardens and plantings for which the Maudslay
Estate was and is becoming famous.
Begin your journey by crossing Curzon Mill Road and entering the Pasture Meadow. Pasture Trail crosses the Meadow and enters the woods. To your left you will come to Mile Circle Trail which will circle around and rejoin Pasture Trail at the Flowering Pond where you can cross the Pond on the stone bridge. It is suggested that you not cross the Pond at the Dam unless your horse is bombproof. The stone bridge is wide and safe.
Once you cross the stone bridge, most trails are open to horses. There are several single track trails suitable only for walkers and they are marked as such. These trails are windy and very narrow.
An alternate choice to begin your ride is to enter the Pasture Meadow and go right along Pine Hill Rd and enter the woods. This will take you towards the Theater in the Open and then north along North Rd. Many trails crisscross between North Rd and the Pasture Trail going north towards the Merrimack River and east towards Bootleggers Field. Be sure to visit the overlook on Castle Hill and take in the massive stand of Mountain Laurels along the Laurel Walk. The trails wind through towering pine and deciduous forests and through numerous fields and meadows. In season, mountain laurel and rhododendron provide a glorious show and gently scent the air.
Cathedral Road and the Laurel Walk are closed from Nov 1 to March 31 each year to give the wintering American Bald Eagles some much needed privacy.
With some ingenuity in your use of the trails, you can spend several hours here enjoying the bridle paths and renewing your spirit with the beauty of this wonderful State Park.
TRAIL 21 -
Damage has been observed along the River's edge here where the embankment has worn away from recent storms. Use caution when traversing this area and stay well away from the edge
EAGLE WINTERING AREA CLOSED 11/1 - 3/31
A reminder to all, that the Eagle Wintering Area is closed from November 1 to March 31. This area includes The Laurels, Laurel Walk and Cathedral Road and a section of the Merrimack River Trail