Clipper City Rail Trail – Newbury Parker St Gap Closed

The Newbury segment of the Clipper City Rail Trail along Parker St, between the Newburyport/Newbury town line and the trailhead, was completed in early 2023.

CTC made a $10,000 grant to the Town of Newbury and helped raise other funds to design, engineer and permit the segment of the Parker Street shared use path. During 2022 the design was completed and the Town of Newbury secured a MassTrails grant to construct the project with the help of an additional $15,000 grant from CTC. The Newbury segment was completed in early 2023.

In addition, as part of a residential development project on Parker Street, Ed Hill, the developer, committed to extend the Parker Street shared use path from Shephard’s Auto to the Newburyport/Newbury town line. Part of this segment of the project was completed in 2022 and the rest will be built in 2023.

Eastern Marsh Trail – Partial Closure

Please note that a section of Salisbury’s Old Eastern Marsh Trail will be closed from time to time this Winter and Spring because of construction at Partridge Brook Park behind the Salisbury Elementary School.

The section of the trail from Marsh Trail Milepost 2.6 near the dog park to the Pearson’s Pit road crossing at Milepost 3.2 will be affected.  The closing will take place between January 13th and June 30th whenever the weather is conducive to construction.

The access pathway from the Elementary School Parking lot to the trail and the dog park will be open during construction.

Clipper City Rail Trail Improvements on Parker Street

Here are some photos taken last summer of the newly completed section of the Clipper City Rail Trail along Parker St. This project closed some of the missing link between the end of the trail on Parker Street in Newbury near the Oak Hill Cemetery and State St. It included the addition of a pedestrian-activated stop light at the crossing at State St.

Plans are underway to fully close the missing link in the next few years.

Parker Street Trail section in Newburyport that was completed last summer,

Ribbon Cutting for Old Eastern Marsh Trail Extension

Dignitaries and celebrants gathered on August 17, 2021 for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marking the opening of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail Extension from Lions Park to the New Hampshire Border.

Left to rt: Jamey Tessler (MA Transportation Sec, Rep James Kelcourse, Lt. Gov Karyn Polito, Neil Harrington (Salisbury Town Manager), Jonathan Gulliver (MassDOT Highway Administrator) and Jerry Klima (CTC)

Clipper City Rail Trail Opening Ceremony – June 9 at 4 PM

Join us to help celebrate the opening of the newly constructed portion of Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail which runs along the harbor from Joppa Park to just outside the American Yacht Club. There will be a ribbon-cutting at Joppa Park, a brass band leading us down the completed trail, and a finale with with more music and complimentary snacks from Metzy’s Food Truck.

2020 Project Updates

Ghost Trail Extension
Salisbury – Amesbury (Now Open)

New I-95 underpasses on the extension of Salisbury’s Ghost Trail allowing access to Amesbury with greater safety.

Garrison Trail
Trailhead and Stairway
Amesbury (Now Open)

Amesbury’s Main Street Trailhead and Stairway provide easy access to the Garrison Trail on the I-95 Whittier Bridge.

Eastern Marsh Trail Extension Boardwalk
Salisbury (Opening Soon)

Beautiful boardwalk near Lion’s Park on the extension of Salisbury’s Eastern Marsh Trail.

Eastern Marsh Trail Extension
Salisbury (Opening Soon)

The Eastern Marsh Trail Extension completes a 4-mile trail from the Merrimack River to New Hampshire

Eastern Marsh Trail Extension
Route 1 Pedestrian Bridge
Salisbury (Opening Soon)

The new pedestrian bridge over Route 1 in Salisbury provides a safer route to school and the new Partridge Book Park playfields.

Eastern Marsh Trail Extension
Seabrook-Salisbury Trail Connector

(Opening Soon)

Seabrook-Salisbury Trail Connector is an interstate trail linking from Route 286 in Seabrook NH to the Coastal Trails Network.

WCVB 5 Chronicle on MA Rail Trails

Boston’s WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle just did a program on Rail Trails in Massachusetts, one of which featured CTC’s own Jerry Klima talking about Salisbury’s Eastern March Trail in the segment “Getting Rail Trail Plans on Track.” You can view all four segments below.