Derby Wharf

This trail on historic Derby Wharf that reaches into Salem Harbor and ends at Derby Wharf Light, an 1871 lighthouse. The trail passes by exhibits on Salem's world trade ventures, the c. 1770 Pedrick Store House and a replica of the 1797 East Indiaman Friendship of Salem. The trail lies within the boundaries of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the nation's first national historic site.

photo: Solar-powered Derby Light (1871) marks the end of Derby Wharf.

Length: 0.38 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History

     The trail is .38 miles to the lighthouse so .76 miles round trip.

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Location: At Salem Maritime NHS in Salem.
State(s): Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Longitude: -70.88692
Latitude: 42.52126

Driving Directions

The trail begins at the head of Derby Wharf, across from the Salem Custom House, 178 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970


Trail extends along a reconstructed wharf into Salem Harbor. The tread way is flanked by grass and stone walls that form the edge of the wharf. Good views of harbor, boating activity with historic lighthouse at the end!

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Paul DePrey
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
160 Derby St.
Salem, MA 1970
(978) 740-1650
[email protected]

Park Ranger:
Curtis White
Supervisory Park Ranger
United States National Park Service
160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 360-0191
[email protected]



Derby Wharf Trail. Photo by Janie Walker.

Derby Wharf Trail. Photo by Janie Walker.

Derby Wharf Light. Photo by Janie Walker.

Derby Wharf Light. Photo by Janie Walker.


Derby Wharf Trail

Easy walk on a flat gravel surface to Derby Wharf Light. I didn’t see anything along the trail stating it was a National Recreation Trail FYI. Also, there is no sign stating the trail name. Trail itself is also open to cyclists.

June 24, 2021



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