Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path)

Massachusetts

Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path) Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Ipswich River, Topsfield and Cherry Street, Wenham
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Canal
ID: 7571576
Trail activites: Bike, Walking

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Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path) Description

Although only a grassy, hard-packed dirt pathway, the route along the Salem-Beverly Canal (also known as the Grand Wenham Canal), is scenic and peaceful. The old canal, built in 1917, lies between two towns, Topsfield and Wenham, in northeastern Massachusetts, about 30 miles from Boston.

At its northern end, a spur leads to the Topsfield Trail and, to the east, you'll find the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, with more trails to explore through woodlands, open meadows, and swamps.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking off Cherry Street in Wenham.

Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path) Reviews

I walk this all the time and find it peaceful and relaxing.

I'm a beginner, but even I found this trail understimulating. There was a wind tunnel effect for the whole length of the canal. Also, I couldn't complete the right side of the canal trail because the trail was flooded about two feet by the water. I turned around somewhat happy I didn't go all the way around. Riding on 1A is way more exciting.

I Biked the Danvers Trail and the Topsfield Trail and when I got to the Grand Wenham Trail it was closed off of the Topsfield trail and it looked like it was under construction. I did not have time on this trip to go to Cherry St in Wenham to see if this end was open

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