Withers Conservation Area/Artichoke Trail

 

Description:

Contains 24 acres of town-owned conservation land acquired in 1969. Withers Conservation Area offers scenic, shoreline views along the Upper Artichoke Reservoir and connects to a loop thru the forest. Fishing is permitted. Access trail using right-of-way next to Insight Meditation Center on Middle Street or across the bridge on Plummer Spring Road in Newburyport.

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Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Dog walking

Notes/Regulations:

  • No motorized vehicles
  • No swimming
  • Dog waste MUST BE REMOVED
  • No hunting
  • No overnight camping
  • No fires
  • No littering
  • No boating
  • Please respect private property where posted
  • Fishing from shoreline or ice fishing IS ALLOWED in the reservoirs

Directions/Location:

Withers Conservation area is located off of Middle Street in West Newbury. The trail is accessed from the public right of way on the Insight Meditation Center driveway at 443 Middle Road. There is a small parking area off of Middle Street. Please DO NOT park at the Meditation Center.

From the north, take exit 57 (Route 113) off of Route 95 South. Turn right at end of ramp, go 1.5 miles. Take a left on Garden Street, go 0.6 miles. Take your first Left at Middle Street, go 0.3 miles.

From the south, take exit 56 off of Route 95 North. Turn left at end of ramp. Drive about 100 yards and take your first right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive 2 miles on this winding, narrow road. The reservoir will be on your left for part of the drive. Immediately after the reservoir ends on your left, you will come to an intersection of four roads; you will be the only one at the intersection that does NOT have a stop sign. At this intersection, take a sharp left onto Plummer Spring Road. Go 0.2 miles, cross a small overpass that has guardrail on both sides of the road. The parking area is just past this overpass on the left.

From downtown Newburyport, take Hale Street to Plummer Spring Road (appx. 1.75 miles from Low Street). You will drive over a little overpass with guardrail on both sides of the road. The parking area is just past this overpass on the left.

From the west, take Route 113 to Garden Street. Take a right on Garden Street, go 0.6 miles. Take your first Left at Middle Street, go 0.3 miles.

Owner:

Town of West Newbury