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 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.