38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA  01950  |  978.462.6680  |

  • Boardwalk-Logo2016
  • BartletMall-Logo2016
  • BartletMall_fall-Logo2016
  • Harbor-Logo2016
  • InnStreet-Logo2016
  • MarketSquare-Logo2016
  • MarketSquare2-Logo2016
  • PlumIslandBeach-Logo2016
  • RoofTops-Logo2016
  • WelcomeSign-Logo2016

A spotlight shines on the Bay Circuit Trail

  • Share:
September 26, 2017

230-mile Bay Circuit Trail Traverses 37 Communities
Within close proximity to four million people in Eastern Massachusetts is the 230-mile Bay Circuit Trail that runs through woodlands, wetlands and historic town centers on its route through 37 communities.
In a personal video journal, Dan and Marilyn Brielman tell the stories of fascinating people and places along the trails and roads that run from Plum Island to Kingston Bay.  The passion of volunteers who work to protect places for contemplating nature and making connections with the outdoors ripples through their unique journey.
Over 22 days, their hikes take viewers from oceans to marshes and through old forests to iconic New England landmarks including the site of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond in Concord.
A concert of birds singing, frogs croaking and rushing streams are nature’s music along travels that take them past glacial boulders, old mill sites and abandoned quarries.
The Brielmans, in partnership with Essex County Greenbelt, Bay Circuit Alliance, BTA/BOLT and, will share “Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal” and their experiences along this greenway at two free screenings in October:
October 11, 6:30 – 8pm, Lincoln Hall, 561 Main Street, Boxford
October 18, 6:30 – 8pm, Topsfield Public Library, 1 South Common Street, Topsfield
Also participating will be Alan French, founder, Chairman and Executive Director of the Bay Circuit Alliance, who for 25 years drew upon the passions in towns along the trail to tie the project together.
The idea for the Bay Circuit Trail was first conceived in 1929 to create a greenbelt of open space for Metropolitan Boston’s growing population.
After decades where commercial and residential development outpaced the creation of public parks and open-space reservations, interest in the project was renewed in the 1980s and in 1990, the Bay Circuit Alliance was formed to make the trail a reality.
The trail provides close-to-home recreation including walking, biking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
### 14 ###
About Greenbelt:
Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 17,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade.  For more information about Greenbelt programs, visit or call 978-768-7241.
Mary Williamson
Director of Development & Community Engagement 
Greenbelt | Essex County's Land Trust

82 Eastern Avenue
Essex, MA 01929
978-768-7241  x13
Like us on Facebook