Independence Greenway offers 8 miles of trail in three disconnected segments through western Peabody. The rail-trail follows the abandoned Salem and Lowell Railroad and offers nice views. It passes by wetlands and ponds that are home to herons, swans, and other wildlife.
An on-road route is available to close the gap between the trail’s two longest segments: From Lt. Ross Park, follow Johnson Street to Lowell Street, under US 1 and I-95, and Peabody Road. This 1.4-mile on-street portion does have heavy traffic and some hills. A sidewalk is available.
The third segment begins at Lowell Street and passes under I-95 through a long bridge. This section of the trail is dedicated to Kristen Crowley, a Peabody local who was slain in the surrounding woodlands, and a memorial bench and a plaque sit at the trail’s entrance. Although the segment is short—only 0.75-mile long—it seamlessly connects to the south end of the Danvers Rail Trail, which continues 5 miles north to Wenham.
You can access the Independence Greenway at the North Shore Mall trailhead, near 1 Essex Center Drive next to the parking lot for Lahey Clinic Peabody. Face the mall and follow the hospital signs (H) to the trailhead.
Trailheads are also found at Lt. Ross Park (23 Johnson Street), Russell Street, Peabody Road, Albert Road, and Lowell Street.