The Stevens Nature Trail in Salisbury, Massachusetts is an easy 1.1-mile out-and-back trail that can only be accessed by hiking in on the Old Eastern Marsh Trail and features an additional pathway through the marsh.
Trail name: Stevens Nature Trail
Location: Salisbury MA
Allowed activities: hiking, running, nature study and bird watching.
Forbidden activities: No motorized vehicles. No fishing.
Hours: Trails are open daily during daylight hours.
Fees and Parking: There are no fees for using the trails or for parking at the Friedenfels Parking area.
Pets: Dogs are permitted, but must be on a leash. Dog waste must be picked up and removed from the trail.
Accessibility: Stevens Nature Trail off of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Sanitation: There are no trash bins or restrooms on the Stevens Nature Trail. Please carry out all trash.
Length: This combined hike is an easy 1 mile trail that loops.
Trail information: The Stevens Nature trail is a looping trail off of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail located in Salisbury MA. From the Friedenfels Street parking area, hikers will need to travel down part of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail to access the trail that is marked by an information placard placed at the start of the trail. The Stevens Nature Trail was created in 2010 and travels through a 71 acre parcel of land that was donated to the town of Salisbury in memory of Burley Stevens. The trail is well marked with Red trail blaze markers on trees that form an outer loop and yellow trail blaze markers are on a “shortcut” if hikers have need to create a shorter hike. The substrate can be a little tricky where the vegetation has grown thick and the trail narrows.
The Stevens Nature Trail is a short but pleasant hike through a wooded and tidal marsh sections with opportunities for birding and nature study. There are a couple of fun small art installations at one of the entrances to the trail as well as a wooden stairway and wooden bridge to assist in navigating over the wet marsh substrate. Along the trail there is another wooden bridge that crosses over a wetter section and is an ideal spot to stop and listen for the birds and wildlife that visit this section of the trail.
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