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

osborn2ride

   November, 2013 by laretha

I did this trail a little over a year ago and like before it is a great trail. You can now go up though Topsfield and go all the way to I93, it is a little rough as it was only cut back this past summer and dose not have a good surface yet. The great ...read more

Great ride.

   November, 2013 by gravel ride

Started journey from North Shore Mall. Once off Lowell St. The trail was quite enjoyable and the section through Wenham/ Topsfield was very scenic. I made it to the section that was no longer gravel and packed stone dust but field grass and it was a more ...read more

Beautiful area

   October, 2013 by jldarisse

Great to experience the local scenery around the Ipswich river on thru Danvers. Looking forward to when the trail is paved north towards Boxford, Groveland? Haverhill? The large station like building in Topsfield should see increased business if the trail ...read more