The former Moseley family estate on the Merrimack River, this park features 19th century gardens and plantings, rolling meadows, towering pines, and one of the largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts. Most breathtaking are the ornamental trees and masses of azaleas and rhododendrons that bloom in May and June. An exquisite place for walking, biking, horseback riding and informal picnics. Special Use Permits may be obtained for wedding ceremonies and similar programs. Cultural events are a regular feature during the summer. During the winter a portion of the park is off limits due to roosting bald eagles, but the remainder provides excellent cross country skiing and winter walks. The Parking Fee at Maudslay State Park is $2.00. Annual Passes are available for purchase.
Tina K. on Maudslay State Park
Many trails. Beautiful flowering plants all throughout the park. Well maintained. Very clean. Spring, summer, fall!
Derrick M. on Maudslay State Park
Great place for kids and dogs. Great views of the Merrimack River. Trails are clearly marked with signs and there are plenty of options. Very easy walking.
Brenda W. on Maudslay State Park
Lots of off the main trail paths made this trail fun. Nice views of the Merrimack.
Great place on the bank of the Merrimack. Excellent for picnicking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding. It can get crowded and you might hear some boat traffic from the river, but you can find pockets of solitude in the southwest portion of the park. The park isn't very big, but the walking distances are long since the trails are designed in a zig-zag fashion for maximum length. You'll definitely see horses here. The trails are indeed very poorly marked, but you're not in the backcountry, worst thing is you'll double over. Beware of bugs!
Had a lovely time walking the numerous trails. The Trail markings are next to none except at a few intersections. The Trail maps are great but many side trails didn't appear to be listed.
Nice quiet area to visit. It will be even nicer snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.
Dog friendly. Plenty of parking for a fee. Dirt/mulched roads are more suited to horseback riding or biking rather than hiking. If you want an easy walk - this is the park for you. If you want varied wooded trails - don't bother. And since much of the park is grassy pasture - it's tick heaven. My dog came home with passengers! For me it's a one and done.