Soon after Amesbury was settled in 1645, the community began its ascent into American history. Situated along the rushing waters of the Powow River and Merrimack River, Amesbury is home to historically significant people, events and innovations that helped shaped our region, state and country. Amesbury is home to John Greenleaf Whittier, famed poet and abolitionists, is believed to be the site of the first American factory to produce machine-made nails, and held the distinction of manufacturing the finest carriages in the world. Our city is rich in historical sites, recreational amenities, and scenic views. Unique to the North Shore of Boston, Amesbury's scenic pedestrian walkway and bike path winds along the Powow River, providing a "greenway" along the old Boston & Maine rail bed from Amesbury's historic downtown Upper Millyard and Market Square to the Carriagetown Marketplace along Route 110. The Riverwalk is part of a growing network of trails through Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, and Newbury. The Riverwalk is one of Amesbury's undiscovered gems. Beautiful scenery and nature surround kids, young and old, while they stroll, bike, roller-blade or just discover the beautiful historic area of Amesbury, Massachusetts. The Powow River joins the Merrimack River in Amesbury and they both reach the sea at Plum Island. The Powow River's close proximity to the ocean and its tidal nature make it an important, and relatively rare, natural resource. A multitude of plant and animal species call the Powow River home, and may be spotted while walking along the river.