Methuen Rail Trail

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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 and Trail Access

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.


walking in the spring

   April, 2015 by kelly.perrymackay

Found this trail last week and have really enjoyed it. Methuen section is very clean but the Lawrence area isn't, I'm hoping they plan on working on it. read more


   September, 2014 by piera

The crushed stone is too big for fine bike tires and a little uncomfortable to ride, the Methuen part is clean and spacious but Lawrence and Salem are full of weeds the hung on the path making riding difficult. A lots of animals crossing the path, skunks more

hidden secret

   August, 2012 by dragoon

My wife and Jack Russell went with me. I am confined to a wheel chair at this time. I found it very handicapped friendly. Some interesting birds in the area. I was glad I brought my binoculars. We plan to visit again in the fall. Thank you read more