The ticks have (temporarily) gone and the insects have disappeared and the air is clear and crisp! Coupled with the autumn colors, this is truly a great time to visit nature. The birds are clustering in restless flocks trying to get the last bit of food before they head south. The animals are also taking the signs of coolness to hurriedly grab as much food as possible providing visitors with the greatest chance of catching sight of them.
And for some grand reason, our area has had an abundance of new trails that have joined the well-travelled inventory.
I have posted many under the Trails of Newburyport but as it turned out, this list is just a sampling. A host of new one’s are appearing in Newbury, West Newbury and in Newburyport proper.
West Newbury just had its newest trail unveiled at Plummer Spring Lane called the Artichoke River Trail. They will be having a special invite on the 19th for anyone to come and visit with refreshments and nature guides.
Just beyond the small bridge at Plummer Spring Lane and opposite from where they will be having the event, the Town of Newbury has installed with the permission of the abutters a new trail system. It starts at the Retreat entrance, and is called the Withers Conservation Area that borders the southwestern tip of the Artichoke Reservoir.
Not to out do West Newbury, the local Clipper Council will be having boy scouts and cub scouts out beginning to work on an old existing trail that runs through Water Department property on the east side of the Artichoke called the Artichoke River Nature Trail. They will be clearing the brush and marking the route on the morning of the 19th also. This means that after that weekend, hikers will be able to confidently stride from Plummer Spring Road to Route 113 near the dam.
Both Artichoke trails offer spectacular views of the reservoir and the wildlife that surrounds that area.
In fact, there are so many of these paths in the area from the Amesbury trails, the Little River Trail System to Maudsley State Park’s network to the vast wildlife areas to the south that if you chose to visit every one of them in a year, it would take EVERY WEEKEND to see them all. I encourage you to check out Kim’s dog walking blog. You may not own a dog but it may give you an introduction to the vast system of trails that lie about us.
So, cast your fears away (I’d still spray myself with some bug spray), grab your favorite walking stick and begin to realize why not only is our historic downtown a draw but our entire region is an eco-paradise.