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“quiet enjoyment”

Maudslay State Park
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Newburyport
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Newbury, MA
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“quiet enjoyment”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This park is unspoiled and expansive. 100's of acres. Can get lost if you don't keep track of where you are. Some general direction signs, but not foolproof. Trails everywhere and I have gone cross country skiing in winter, dog walking in summer. Great location to bring the horse and plenty of parking for the trailer. Bathrooms on site. Mixture of fields, forest, river, and old garden. Some theater events and activities occasionally. Natural area. Not done up with lights or park benches. Ideal for bringing a picnic lunch, blanket and book.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“SHH..don't tell too many people!!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

When people ask my favorite reason for living in Newburyport I always say, Maudsley. I love everything about it. The many miles of trails for running, biking, walking your dog or riding your horse. There is so many different environments in the park. Pine covered trails, vast rows of rhododendrons, mountain laurel, italian gardens, streams, rock bridges, merrimack river,deer,coyote,fox and every couple of years a moose or two. I buy a season pass for 35 dollars that allows me entrance to every state park including Salisbury Beach Reservation. There are weekly trail races in the summer on Thursday nights and two large races are held there each year on Thanksgiving and a weekend in May.

Visited July 2013
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newburyport
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great music program”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Not only is Maudsley a beautiful place to hike or walk your dog next to the water, it also has a fantastic summer music program. Enjoy lawn or table seating in a pastoral surrounding and listen to country, jazz, blue grass, brass, klezmer and much more. Relaxing and intimate. Great venue.

Visited July 2013
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Beulah, CO
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A lot of nice hiking trails”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

woods, good views of the river, beautiful rhododendrons in June. A good place for kids to hike, and a good way to get out of the sun when you live on a boat! The trails are not well marked, and you can spend a lot of time finding your way around - but that's the point, isn't it?

Visited June 2013
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews
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“Great Day Hike”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

If you're in the area Maudslay is a great choice. We arrived around 10 AM in the parking lot (use a GPS to get there unless you know the area). There is a $2 fee for parking in there lot which is electronic and automated. There are also well kept restrooms in the parking lot which is worth the $2 right there. The entire area was an old estate which was taken over by the state. The entire park is around 450 acres with many not-so-well marked trails. the trail map is confusing as well, though you can't really get lost in the place. The park abuts the Merrimack River and one of the main trails follows the river through the length of the park. There are many Rhododendrons and Azaleas planted throughout with mixed dense forest and old growth pines, oaks, and maples.

The Gardens were a welcome treat, they are still managed somewhat, but don't expect to see a botanical type garden. Keep in mind that this park is horse friendly, so keep an eye out for a heap of poop. We ended up doing a little over 6 miles (about 3 hours) which included an impromptu picnic under a big maple tree near the trail head.

Had a great time, bring a lunch!

A couple links:
- http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/maud.htm
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maudslay_State_Park

Visited May 2013
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