Independence Greenway

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Reviews

osborn2ride

   November, 2013 by laretha

Did this short but nice trail this past weekend and it is a very nice trail. I did do the on road detour in my car after reading some of the reviews and wished I had road it as it is not as bad as some of the reviews. It is not Family friendly but for ...read more

Western part more scenic

   April, 2013 by mvfer

Out on a fine 70 degree day. Parked near the Eastern end near the hospital. Good parking, direct access to the trail. Trail is fully paved and marked with center line. Mostly people walking on the section near the hospital. The off trail (on road) ...read more

Nice trail but not so great.

   October, 2012 by mscrazy1k

I went today as it turned out to be beautiful weather, mid 70's and clear, after rain all night long. This trail is nice but it is short. It is 6.2 miles not 7.4 miles which is a bummer because I coordinated a bike ride with other people and we like to ...read more