Danvers Rail Trail

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Danvers Rail Trail follows the historic Newburyport Railroad that used to carry goods and passengers between Danvers and Boston in the late 1800s. The abandoned corridor extends just over 5 miles from Peabody north through the heart of Danvers and on to State Route 97 at the Wenham town line, where it meets the Topsfield Linear Common and Wenham Rail-Trail. On the trail’s southern end, you can also connect to Peabody’s Independence Greenway.

About half a mile from the trail, you can visit the Choate Farm Conservation Area, established in the early 20th century and now featuring a peach orchard, open grasslands, places to picnic and woodland trails. Be sure to check out the Danvers Swampwalk, an elevated boardwalk across a large wetland area with observation platforms to enjoy the natural surroundings; reach it by going north on the rail-trail.

Signage along the route is planned to commemorate and share the importance of the railway to the surrounding towns. The rail-trail is still being developed so expect rough gravel and dirt surfaces.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail is easily accessable at the southern trailhead behind the Danvers Indoor Sports arena (105R Anderson Street) just off SR 114 near the intersection with I-95. Parking is available in the arena parking lot. About half a mile from the trail you can also park at the Choate Farm Conservation Area (401 Locust Street.) Mid-trail, you'll find a parking lot on Hobart Street, just south of Maple Street in downtown Danvers.


Choate Farm Access Difficult

   September, 2016 by paula.gaehring

We love this trail and normally start in Peabody. Because of an injury we decided to start part way up at Choate Farm which is listed as an access point. It is actually a half mile from the trail over semi rough terrain- horrible for my injury. It would ...read more

Always a pleasure to ride this trail

   August, 2016 by riessj

I ride this trail on my road bike often. It is well-maintained, and has active street crossing signals where appropriate. (The town of Danvers really has its act together when it comes to safety.) As you cross Main Street in downtown Danvers, you will ...read more

Excellent trail

   August, 2016 by suebl

We did park at the Indoor Sports Arena, and around the back, there was an entrance onto the trail. Trail is stone dust over hard-packed earth, an easy surface for a hybrid biycle to navigate. It is very well marked with maps at intervals that tell ...read more