Welcome To The Danvers Rail Trail
From Rails To Recreation
Danvers Rail Trail
The Danvers Rail Trail is a 4 1/3-mile non-motorized shared-use path linking schools, downtown Danvers, parks, residential areas, and trails in the neighboring towns of Peabody, Wenham, and Topsfield.
Ideal for walking, biking, or jogging, the compacted stone dust trail is built along what was once part of the historic Boston to Maine railroad running from Newburyport to Danvers.
The Danvers Rail Trail is managed and maintained by a group of community volunteers and provides a healthful recreational option available to all residents and visitors.
What's New On The Trail!
Earth Day 2023 Spring Cleaning Saturday April 22
While this past winter was not too severe, it’s still a good time to clear out a winter’s collection of trash, branches, and other debris appearing now along the trail.
In support of Earth Day 2023 and in collaboration with Danvers’s town-wide Earth Day clean up events, join us on Saturday April 22 to help clean up the trail for the spring and summer.
Rail Trail volunteers should meet at the Hobart Street lot at 9:00 am. We will break up volunteers into two or three small groups to work on different sections of the trail. We aim to complete our work by 12:00 pm.
Please confirm your interest in working on the trail by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to work in other areas of the town, please follow up using this Town of Danvers information page: https://www.danversma.gov/775/2023-Town-Wide-Clean-Up
Work will go on rain or shine!
Wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Trash bags and disposable
gloves will be provided.
See you Saturday April 22!
Work Completed Wenham St to Mile Marker 3.7
Danvers DPW has completed making repairs to the trail surface and improving drainage about 300 yards north of Wenham St.
Over the past weeks, ditches were dug on both sides of the trail, drainage pipes were installed under the trial to divert water away from the trail surface, and a combination of gravel and stone dust was applied to the surface from Wenham Street north to mile marker 3.7.
This section of the trail now has a smoother and safer surface, and should be less adversely affected by heavy rains.
Thank you to the Town of Danvers for completing this work. And to trail users for your patience during the construction.
To help us plan, please register events that use any part of the trail!
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PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE USING OUR TRAIL AND WEAR YOUR HELMETS!
Please do NOT Place Advertising or Announcements on the Trail
Danvers Rail Trail Mobile App!
Download the Danvers Rail Trail Mobile App from the Apple and Google/Android stores! All you have to do is search in the app stores for danvers trail & download. Click here for a list of current features of the app.
Danvers Rail Trail Northwest Extension Progress Being Made!
We are happy to announce that work has been completed on the timber bridge spanning Beaver Brook (a few hundred yards northwest of 34 Hobart Street). It is now possible to cross over the brook and make your way northwest towards Route 62/Maple Street. Initial work on the bridge included installing sediment control measure to help protect nearby wetlands. This bridge is a major step forward in completing the connection to Middleton. Leveling and applying a stone dust surface between the current trail and Nichols Street is planned for the near future.
For those in the Hathorne area stone dust has been applied to the trail surface from about the Lahey Outpatient Center on Hathorne Drive north to the Middleton trail. Its now possible to follow a stone dust trail from Lahey to Route 62 in Middleton (at Farmer Brown’s), which is about 1.5 miles one way.
Residents in the vicinity of the construction have been notified (more details here). We do not expect any disruption along the current trail.