Essex National Heritage Area

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Essex National Heritage Area

Massachusetts

(978) 740-0444

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Things To Do

Overview

The Essex National Heritage Area is a 550-square mile area between the Atlantic Coast and the Merrimack Valley. It includes the thousands of historic sites and districts that illuminate colonial settlement, the growth and decline of the maritime industries, and the development of the shoe and textile industries. The Area also features historic seaports and New England town commons, industrial mills and pristine beaches, renowned museums and wildlife refuges, working farms and inviting natural trails.

Map of Essex

Latitude, Longitude: 42.521807, -70.895033

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Activities

  • Boating

    From its navigable rivers running into the Atlantic ocean from Boston to New Hampshire, the ENHA provides a variety of opportunites to enjoy sailing, boating, kayaking and canoeing. The annual Trails & Sails event raises regional awareness of Essex County's resources, encourages visitation, and fosters stewardship and preservation of its heritage sites.

  • Bicycling

    With its gently rolling hills and acres upon acres of preserved trails, forests and wildlife reserves, the ENHA provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from mountain biking races to quiet strolls. The Coastal Trails Network is an emerging 30-mile, public system of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking the unique coastal features, town centers, neighborhoods and transportation hubs in the communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    3.8 miles of sandy beach along the Atlantic Ocean, Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury Massachusetts offers swimming, boating, fishing and camping. It is one of the state's most popular ocean beaches.

  • Hiking

    With its gently rolling hills and acres upon acres of preserved trails, forests and wildlife reserves, the ENHA provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from mountain biking races to quiet strolls. The annual Trails & Sails event raises regional awareness of Essex County's resources, encourages visitation, and fosters stewardship and preservation of its heritage sites.

  • Water Sports

    Miles of white sand, Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts is a miles long, beautiful and popular swimming beach. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, outside showers and refreshments are available. 3.8 miles of sandy beach along the Atlantic Ocean, Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury Massachusetts offers swimming, boating, fishing and camping. It is one of the state's most popular ocean beaches.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact park services for more information.

Directions

Driving

Heading north of Boston, Interstate 93 and state Routes 1 and 1A traverse the length of the ENHA. South from New Hampshire, take Routes 1, 3 and Interstates 93 and 95.

West from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), take Interstates 495 north or Interstate 95/Route 128. From the northwest, take state Route 2.

The Essex National Heritage Commission has placed brown highway signs on all major roads to guide visitors to local sites and visitor centers. They are easy to see and easy to follow!

Phone Numbers

Primary

(978) 740-0444

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