Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Shawsheen River, MA
Trails: Shawsheen River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A few spaces near the kiosk. Riverbend Crossing Condominiums have graciously granted an easement for the parking area and first several hundred feet of the trail. Thank you!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Believe it or not, three! Two tiny little streams working their way down to the Shawsheen. Not sure whether they are vernal, run off, or permanent. At the very beginning there is a larger one with a nice bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Great! Informative kiosk, nice foot bridge a few minutes into the trail. Thanks, FONAT! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Should be good, just make sure they're well-behaved and you clean up after them. Some of this is on private property. 
Bugs: None today. Sign warns you about deer ticks. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Nice little walk along a meandering river. Historical note - right by the kiosk there is a herd path taking you to remnants of an old bridge that once connected North Andover with the North Parish section of Andover. North Parish was sold to the Lawrence Brothers in the 19th century to create their industrial center (AKA The Great City of Lawrence).

Be forewarned that if you don't like highway noises or houses visible from the trail you will not like this. The best I can compare it to is the lovely walk along the Charles in Watertown, albeit a mini version. There is one area where there is a large flat open ground near the river (guide mentions a bench, we did not see one), a good place to be like Bob Dylan ("I'm just sitting here watching the river flow."). The trail ends abruptly near a marshy area where you can see the back of the North Andover Market Basket in the distance. There were a lot of pretty white wild flowers growing here. Good place if your time is limited and you live in the Merrimack Valley.  
Name: Beckie and Prema 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-04-15 
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