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3 Day MA Eco-Bike Adventure: Itinerary
Salt Marsh and Songbirds
MA North Shore Three Day Eco-Bike Adventure
For the full itinerary and logistical information on the MA Three Day Eco-Bike Tour, please contact us and we will be pleased to email it to you.
Day 1 Meet in Newburyport in the early afternoon. Enjoy lunch while your guides fit your bike then begin your discovery of Newburyport’s charming streets while biking to Joppa Flats wildlife area. Bike a long causeway to Plum Island and the scenic Plum Island Light. Cycle past marsh and salt pannes to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Listen for lyrical calls of songbirds such as the American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager and Wood-Warbler and watch for harbor seal pups which sometimes rest on the beach. Traverse a cross section of this barrier island on boardwalks through eco-rich marsh, sand dunes, black pine and beach heather while learning about the ecology and importance of these complex ecosystems. Return to Newburyport to explore a bit more of town before heading to dinner.
Biking Mileage: 20
Day 2 After breakfast, bike inland past some of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country en route to the next wildlife refuge at Castle Neck. Walk stunning trails through dunes carpeted with beach heather and through coastal forests watching for deer, turkeys and fox, all while being serenaded by songbirds. Stroll a bit of the four miles of Crane Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard. Bike and walk the grounds of the magnificent Crane Estate at Castle Hill and view the architecture of the 59-room mansion. Enjoy lunch while admiring panoramic views of beach, ocean and gardens deigned by the Olmsted Brothers. Bike through serene salt marsh on the way to Ipswich, and if you like, stop at a winery/orchard/farmstand en route. Explore a bit of Ipswich viewing some of the first period homes, the largest collection of such homes in the US. Riders choosing the longer option continue to a peninsula with panoramic views of Plum Island Sound and Crane Beach and Wildlife Refuge before returning through historic towns and salt marsh to Newburyport. Enjoy dinner at a popular waterfront restaurant.
Biking Mileage: 27, 36 or 50
Day 3 The bike tour continues through grasslands harboring New England’s largest populations of Bobolinks and Meadowlarks. Pedal serene roads alongside reservoirs, rivers and small farms where horses, cows and llamas are pastured. Return to the Garrison Inn to shower and check out. Guests traveling by train to Boston will be transported to the train station. It will be hard we know to say goodbye to this lyrical place of songbirds and salt marsh.
Biking Mileage: 15
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For a six day North Shore tour encompassing Cape Ann as well, please see our Maritime New England MA bicycle tour.
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