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The Middleton Rail Trail is a trail along the former Essex Railroad. When complete, the trail will stretch 4.5 miles from the North Andover border, through the town, and will eventually join the Danvers Rail Trail. Phase I & II are now complete, stretching from Essex Street 2.2 miles to Maple Street, just north of the intersection with Hathorne Avenue in west Danvers.
There is a short gap in the trail between Oak Street and Perkins Road where the route crosses the Ipswich River. Use sidewalk to bridge the gap. The trail is open for a variety of non-motorized uses throughout the year.
The installation of new kiosks, bike racks, bike repair stations and benches is underway on the finished sections of the trail. The first of two kiosks has been installed at the entrance off Creedon Lane, near the Howe-Manning School. The second will be placed on Essex Street.
There is no assigned parking but on the weekends there is a parking lot at the end of Central Street used for Howe-Manning Elementary teacher parking during the week.
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