Old Town Hill

With a commanding view of three states from its peak, Old Town Hill provides a beautiful vista of marshes and tidal creeks that make up The Great Marsh , New England’s largest salt marsh. The town’s first meeting house was built on the Lower Green in 1634, and cleared areas on Great Hill served as pasture for nearly 12,000 cows and 3,000 sheep. The surrounding marshes were once hayed, first by hand and then by horse drawn mowing machines. Old Town Hill is a marvelous bird watching spot as it serves as home to both ground nesting and predatory birds, including hawks and owls. Be on the lookout for a glimpse of the graceful Egrets and Great Blue Herons that can be spotted in the marshes and feeding in the tidal creeks. This stunning location is a source of inspiration for many artists, so go ahead and satisfy your creative yearnings and bring along a sketch book and pen. Old Town Hill is also part of the Bay Circuit Trail (www.baycircuit.org).


572 Essex Street Newbury, MA 1951

Driving Directions

From Rt. 95 Exit 54, take Rt. 133 East for 4.5 mi. Turn left onto Rt. 1A North and follow for 4.8 mi. Shortly after passing over the Parker River, turn left onto Newman Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. to parking (10 cars) on left. Look for trail heads along Newman Rd.

Notes & Advisories

Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area and can also be downloaded in advance at www.thetrustees.org. Hiking, walking, fishing, bird watching, cross-country skiing and kayaking.


  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Parks


  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking Available