Ghost Trail – Draft

AMESBURY & SALISBURY
2.1 miles, mostly stone-dust
Connects to Eastern Marsh Trail, Garrison Trail and Riverwalk.

DESCRIPTION

The 2.1 mile, mostly stone dust, Ghost Trail goes from Lion’s Park in Salisbury through deep woods and I-95 underpasses to Elm Street in Amesbury. It runs parallel to Route 110.

The trail is named for the “Ghost” trains that transported wooden carriages (covered with white canvas shrouds) from Amesbury through Salisbury. It features ferns, pink lady slippers and interpretive signs telling the story of the Ghost Trains and a great train robbery in Salisbury.
The trail crosses Cushing St. and there are parking areas at Lion’s Park, the Bartlett St. crossing, Rabbit Road and Elm St. in Amesbury. 

Sites and features along with way include:

  • Beautiful forested area
  • Ferns
  • Wildflowers including pink lady slippers
  • Lion’s Park
  • Interpretive history signs about Ghost Trains and the great train robbery in Salisbury
  • Shopping at Carriagetown Marketplace
  • X-C skiing when snow covered

The trail is maintained by the Town of Salisbury and Coastal Trails Coalition volunteers. It is not plowed in the winter.

CONNECTIONS

Ghost Trail to Eastern Marsh Trail: The Ghost Trail connects to the Eastern Marsh trail at Lion’s Park.

Ghost  Trail  to  Garrison  Trail  on  I-95  Bridge:   From the Ghost Trail crossing at Rabbot Road go south on the shared use path alongside Rabbit Road to Route 110 (Elm Street).  Use pedestrian light to cross Route 110 and meet the Garrison Trail. 

Ghost Trail to Amesbury Riverwalk: There is currently no trail connection between the Ghost Trail and the Amesbury Riverwalk. To access the Riverwalk, ………………

ACCESS

The Ghost Trail can be accessed at Lion’s Park, Bartlett St, Rabbit Road, Cushing St and Elm St.

PARKING

Lion’s Park:   Lion’s Way, Salisbury (42.844836, -70.865063)
From Route 110 in Salisbury turn on Gardner St (near Dunkin’ Donuts). Turn right onto Lion’s Way.

Bartlett Street: Bartlett St, Salisbury (42.845481, -70.876050)
From Route 110 in Salisbury turn on Bartlett St (at Diary Queen). Parking area is about 600-ft on the left.

Rabbit Road: Rabbit Rd, Salisbury (42.846484, -70.898870)
From Route 110 in Salisbury turn onto Rabbit Road. Just past Old Elm St turn right into trail parking lot.

Elm St: Elm St, Amesbury (42.846641, -70.906463)
From Route 110 in Amesbury turn north on Elm St, then immediately turn right onto Old Elm St to marked parking places along the street.

FUTURE PLANS

Planning is underway to make a direct trail connection to Amesbury’s Riverwalk through the Carriagetown Marketplace.