Methuen Rail Trail connects three communities in northeastern Massachusetts as it follows the route of the former Manchester and Lawrence Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad.
The rail-trail's northern end begins in Salem at the state's border with New Hampshire. From there, the trail heads south through Methuen and crosses the Nevins Bird Sanctuary, where you can spot hawks, herons, egrets, woodpeckers, ducks, and many other types of birds in the park's woodland, marsh, and meadow habitats.
About a half-mile farther, you'll pass a relic of the trail's rail history, the Methuen Railroad Depot, which was built in 1907 and sits at the corner of Union and Railroad Streets.
The trail ends at Manchester Street Park in Lawrence, where you'll find a playground, picnic tables, and a connection to the Spicket River Greenway.
Parking is available at the northern end of the trail at Hampshire Road in Salem. Farther south, parking is available at the Methuen Railroad Depot (on the corner of Railroad and Union Streets) and at Manchester Street Park (77 Manchester Street) in Lawrence.