5 Scenic Areas In The Greater Merrimack Valley

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You might not immediately think of scenic views when it comes to the Merrimack Valley. Usually, view seekers feel the need to travel up north to the White Mountains of New Hampshire or out to the Massachusetts coast.

But you actually don’t have to travel far to see some great sights! Continue to reading to find our picks for some of the best sights in the Merrimack Valley.

1. The Nashua River Rail Trail

The Nashua River Rail Trail

The Nashua River Rail is a great representation of the beauty that the Merrimack Valley has to offer. The paved walking path runs 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable. Visitors can find scenic viewing areas throughout the trail. This includes spectacular views of the Nashua River, ponds, wildlife, forests, and wildflowers.

Here, you can find a Nashua River Rail Trail Map from Massachusetts Parks & Recreation.

2. Lowell National Historical Park

lowell national historical park canal tour


Visiting the Lowell National Historical Park offers fantastic views of local history. Here, park visitors can take in spectacular views of the historic mills which have stood since the industrial revolution. 

The park also offers great views of the Merrimack River with various walking paths and hikes along the water. If walking isn’t your thing, park visitors can also hop on a trolley for a scenic ride or canal tour.

3. The Minute Man National Historical Park

Explore The Minute Man National Historical Park

The Minute Man National Historical Park offers an unmatched historical experience, especially for Revolutionary War enthusiasts. But that’s not all. The park also has its fair share of gorgeous natural scenery. 

When walking the Battle Road Trail, scenery hunters can find sprawling farmlands, wetlands, and forests. In fact, forests cover nearly 500-acres of the park! The park is also known for its biodiversity – so you might catch a glimpse of beautiful flowers and local wildlife.

4. Walden Pond State Reservation

Walking around Walden Pond

The Walden Pond State Reservation is one of the most peaceful places to view local scenery. In fact, the scenery is so spectacular that it inspired many writings by local historic figure and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau. Here, you can find wonderful flora, wildlife, and great views of the pond.

In addition to the many quiet strolls along the pond, visitors can also go for a swim or sit down for a picnic.

5. Pearl Hill and Willard Brook State Park

Pearl Hill State Park In Townsend, MA

These two scenic state parks contain over 3500 combined acres of natural scenery to explore. The two parks are connected by the Friends’ Trail (Orange) Loop. This walking trail is a 5.2-mile loop. The trail loop is a bit challenging and takes about 2-2.5 hours to complete. 

However, hikers are rewarded with beautiful natural scenery, including ponds, covered bridges, wetlands, forests, and wildlife. There are also campsites within the park if you wish to plan an overnight stay, including parking and bathrooms.

And Many More

These are just a few of the many scenic areas across the Merrimack Valley. So be sure to keep exploring! For even more outdoor adventures, be sure to check out our previous blog, “12 Fun Things To Do Outside in the Merrimack Valley Area.”

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