Topsfield Linear Common and Wenham Rail-Trail

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The trail begins in the small town of Boxford, about 25 miles north of Boston. For just shy of 5 miles, the hard-packed gravel and stone dust pathway follows an abandoned rail bed through Topsfield, meandering across Route 1, over the Ipswich River, and through a wetland area.

Just south of the river crossing, you can connect to the peaceful and scenic Salem-Beverly Canal Path along the old waterway built in 1917.

At its southern end, the trail passes through the Great Wenham Swamp. Expect to see plenty of wildlife, particularly marshland bird species, as well as wildflowers and wetland plants. The trail also passes by a corner of Danvers' Swampwalk—a conservation area with boardwalk trail—and the former Choate Farm on its way to meet the Danvers Rail-Trail at Topsfield Road.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the following: Pye Brook Park (off Bare Hill Road); Proctor School off Grove Street by the tennis courts; at Park Street near Main; at the Village Shopping Center off Main Street; at the Rt. 1 crossing.

Reviews

En route to Mass Audubon in Ipswich

   August, 2015 by whpetri

We continued seamlessly onto a relatively short portion of the Topsfield Linear after riding north from mile 0 the Danvers Rail Trail en route to the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Both trails have good hard pack gravel and with the exception ...read more

turtles and chipmunks oh my

   September, 2014 by burlgirl

Great Sunday walk on our fall stay-cation. Plenty of dunkin donuts around for iced drinks after 3 mile walk. Flat narrow crushed stone was wide enough in both directions. Plenty of family bikers, small and tall, couteous and friendly! Parking? REALLY? ...read more

NICE RIDE

   July, 2014 by dwight62

WAS RIDING THE TRAIL ON WEDNSDAY JULY 3 ANS AS ALLWAYS A VERY ENJOYABLE RIDE BUT WHAT MADE IT REALLY NICE WAS THERE WAS A BUNCH OF WILDLIFE I SAW THREE RABBITS AND A BUNCH OF CHIPMUNKS IT IS NICE TO SEE THE WILD LIFE COMING BACK WHICH MAKES THE RIDE EVEN ...read more