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

Great trail!

   August, 2016 by suebl

We accessed this trail from the Danvers Rail Trail to the south, and frankly, I couldn't tell where Danvers ended and Topsfield began, it was so seamless. Perhaps it was at the road crossing. Very scenic trail, hard packed earth with stone dust, in some ...read more

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