The Salt Marsh Tour passes through some of the most outstanding scenery in our area and offers the rare opportunity to cycle primarily on wide flat roads with just a few very short climbs. We take Rt. 1A north through Rowley and the Great Salt marsh to Newbury. The shortest version turns back at Newbury Green, while the medium and long routes continue to Plum Island with an out and back 8-mile ride to the Hellcat Trail parking lot on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge park road (restroom at the beginning of the trail). Also on the bike lane that runs between Newbury and Plum Island is the Joppa flats Audubon Center with modern facilities and the first opportunity to refill water bottles. The long and extra long loops go through Newburyport to the Artichoke Reservoirs. All routes return along wooded local roads to Rowley on the way back to Ipswich.

Monday, January 1, 2001 - 8:00am
Road ride

Medium and Long rides: Make sure to bring $2 or a National Parks Golden Pass for the entrance fee to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge park road on Plum Island (restroom at the beginning of the trail).

Miles Elev.* Print Files
26 869 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
40 1,052 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
47 1,225 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
52 1,455 Cue sheet GPX, Send to device
* Elev. is the elevation gain in feet.
Hammatt Street parking lot

16 Hammatt St
Ipswich, MA 01938
United States

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