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The two Salem towns covered in this article are:

  • Olde Salem-witch central
  • New Salem-Quabbin reservoir

But according to Wikipedia there are @48 Salem’s in the US. They don’t list New Salem so I guess there are now 49ish Salem’s. 🙂

This article will only cover the two Salem town’s in Massachusetts.

Witch central – Olde Salem

Street entertainer in Salem Mass.

Street entertainer in Salem Mass.

Most everybody knows about Salem Massachusetts and the witch trials of 1692.  They also know that Salem is witch central or Halloween town.  A place that at the end of September through the end of October is brimming with Halloween goodness.  Demons, pirates and Casper the ghost can be seen roaming the streets of Salem during October.

Just in case you don’t want to fight with all the traffic of downtown Salem, plan to visit on Thursday and Friday and your traffic headaches will be much less

Also in late October you can visit the nearby towns like Peabody, Danvers or Saugus and enjoy the fall foliage colors on the smaller farm roads. while locating farm stands and corn mazes.

New Salem at the Quabbin reservoir

white church with tall steeple in New Salem with red and orange fall foliage

white church with tall steeple

Several years ago, Lisa and I, had the opportunity to do a few days around the Quabbin reservoir. We had no idea it was there But we always like to find and visit “Salem’s”.

If you check the map below you can see that one of the easiest routes to take is 114 out of Salem down I-95 to where it turns into the Mohawk Trail (Route 2).

You take 202 south at Orange and follow that down to New Salem and if you zoom in on the map you can see the roads that we took.

The new Salem images were taken on 13 October and the Olde Salem images were taken on average, from 15 to 25 October in various years.  (From – the color shows up later at the coastline rather than central mass where it shows earlier).

Old Salem to New Salem - Photography trip | EveryTrail (lien direct)

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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Journey from olde Salem to new Salem — 2 Comments

  1. we would like to do some biking and enjoying the fall foliage! I can find biking suggestions and your foliage tour suggestions, but would like to have both together! can you help? since you know the area so well, can you suggest quiet/safe country roads suitable for biking and enjoying the fall foliage? we live in Missouri and will probably fly to Boston and rent car, but we could fly to a different place, if you have suggestions. we are open to almost anywhere in the New England states.

    • Hi Barb, well I have to admit I haven’t been on a bike in quite a while but there are so many bike tours that you can do that I don’t know where to start. I’ll throw a few links in at the end and you can do some research from there.
      One thing you don’t say is are you two full time bikers? Meaning are you in shape for a long bike ride through rolling hills or are you looking for something more even like a trail made for biking. I mean we have the battle road in Lexington MA that has a nice historic ride through Concord towards Boston (about 16 miles, one way and then you have to turn around again.)
      I was looking at some tours that involve wine tastings and wineries up near Stowe. So if you can leave a note on some of the particulars I might have a bit more to add.
      Next! your dates.. If you’ve been over on my website and done a little reading you will know that the earlier your dates the further north you will be looking for…
      If you are a die hard bike fan and you just want to have me throw some roads at you to explore… I might say early Oct in Northern Vermont (north of Stowe) around Montgomery VT (Five covered bridges in that area) Also my wife says head even further north to Highgate springs taking Route 7 north to 78 west in Swanton which will take you over to Route 2 which will take you out onto lake Champlain… You did know there are a bunch of Islands out there that Route two follows south through North and south Hero.
      Lisa says that this route is a popular with bikes since it’s quieter and I know for a fact that this route does get good color. I look forward for more fall foliage questions… 🙂 I hope this starts to answer a few questions for you.

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