Equestrian Trails at Maudslay
Maudslay State Park covers approximately 450 acres and about half of this area is available to horses, offering over 5 miles of maintained bridle paths over varied beginner to intermediate terrain. Pasture Trail and Mile Circle run north from the parking area. Trails to the east (right side) are multi use and horses are welcome on the majority of these paths. A number of small tracks are reserved for foot traffic and are well marked as such.
A network of trails covers this eastern area and several hours can be spent here. The trail network makes good use of the available area. Riders are cautioned that the trails are multi use and that walkers and the occasional bike may be encountered. This means also that children and dogs are present. The walk and the jog/trot are best gaits to be used in the park. Save the canter for paths with good visibility to avoid other users.
While most of the formal gardens and architectural plantings are located on the west side of the park, open only to foot traffic, the eastern side features its own spectacular landscape. Here you will find rolling meadow trails, pine needle covered paths and enchanted stone bridges. You can wander through the largest natural stand of mountain laurel in Massachusetts and ride among seemingly endless acres of rhododendron. There are primeval stands of white pine along the River Trail that also offers breathtaking views of the Merrimack River.
Every year, the equestrian group organizes a fundraising trail ride, named the Chili Trail Ride. The trail ride is marked and afterwards, every one enjoys a nice bowl of chili in the parking area. It is a fabulous way to get to know the Maudslay trails, meet other equestrians, and meet some of the board members of the MSPA. Check the Calendar to find out when this year's ride will be held.
EQUESTRIAN CONTACT INFORMATION
Maudslay State Park Assoc.
54 Congress St
Salisbury, MA 01952
Parking Fee per vehicle
$5.00 MA residents
$20.00 Out of State
Yearly Passes can be purchased at ReserveAmerica.com. Senior Citizen passes are available at the DCR, North Region Office, 225 Shattuck St, Lowell, Ma 01853. (978.937.2092)
Restrooms are available in a building off the parking lot
Equestrian users are reminded that they should park trailers in the field behind the regular lot whenever possible. If the field is muddy, you may use the regular lot, but use of the regular lot for trailers constricts the entrance to the field and loading and unloading horses in the regular lot is dangerous. So park out of the way and use caution.