Maudslay State Park

photo - Maudslay State Park
74 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport, MA 01950

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.


Open year round. 8:30am - 4:00pm


Free. $2.00 parking fee.

Driving Directions: 

From North and South take Interstate 95, exit 57 to Route 113 east. Follow 113 east for half a mile and turn left on Noble Street. At stop sign turn left onto Ferry Road, bear left at fork and follow signs. From the West Take Interstate 495 exit 55 to Route 110 east. Continue 1 mile to Merrill Street, turn right at second light. Continue on Merrill Street/Spofford Street for 1.5 miles. Turn right before stop sign onto Ferry Road, follow signs. The parking fee at Maudslay State Park is $2.00. Annual passes are available for purchase.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and walking. 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 stands of white pines along the bluffs of the Merrimack River appear to have never been logged, and today, serve as nesting sites for bald eagles. One of the largest naturally occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts thrives on the forest floor.Formerly the Frederick Strong Moseley estate, this landscape was designed by Martha Brooks Hutcheson, one of the earliest female members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Maudslay features meadows, beautiful ornamental gardens and a stunning array of lush azaleas and rhododendrons. Cultural events are also a big part of the site’s diverse flavor. The Maudslay Arts Center offers a wonderful summer concert series that, combined with the gorgeous landscape, will truly reinvigorate your spirit. Visit


  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Self guided


  • Birding
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Winter Sports
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead