We love Salem for its small city vibe, with a historic downtown, and a happening nightlife. But venture not too far from downtown and you'll find several places to enjoy some beautiful Northern New England scenery. Next time you're on a lark to Salem, stay at one of our boutique Salem hotels and explore these recommendations for nature walks in Salem. You'll learn about the history of the area, see a lighthouse, and experience the draw of the North Shore's coastal beauty.
Admittedly, Salem Woods sounds like the setting for a horror movie, but we assure you this city park is a peaceful place to stretch your legs. With over 160 acres, this conservation area encompasses marshes, woods, and ponds. Walk past the municipal golf course on a nice walking trail loop that ventures through all these different habitats. Look for all kinds of birds, deer, fox, turtles, and even river otters on this nature walk in Salem.
This in-town park is the home of Salem Pioneer Village 1630, a replica of Salem's original English settlement. The rest of the city park has a playground, a small beach, and even a swimming pool. It's a nice place to take a short walk, swing on the swings, and look out over Salem Harbor. Its proximity to downtown means you can make a quick visit to enjoy some fresh air whenever you need to.
Head over to neighboring Marblehead to visit this 43-acre rails-to-trail park. The trail offers a short, but varied hike—at 3/4 of a mile, it's a nice out and back walk. The trail ends at the waterfront, where you can walk along the shoreline and look out over Salem before you head back.