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!
New Benches Installed – Thank You Bi-Peds
The former Danvers Bi-Peds made donations for improvements to the Danvers Rail Trail, especially improvements to make it more accessible to seniors and others. Most recently these funds were used to purchase and install two benches along the trail, one near Cole Road and one near the pond at Danvers High School. At the suggestion of the Bi-Peds these locations were chosen to provide a resting spot where none had existed.
The benches were installed by Rail Trail and Bi-Ped volunteers. A group former Danvers Bi-Ped members and other Rail Trail volunteers met on August 31 to dedicate the benches.
The Danvers Bi-Peds was a long-standing citizen’s advocacy group who worked together with Town departments and the public to help create and maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities, to educate citizens on their use and care, and to promote safe opportunities for bicyclists and pedestrians for transportation, enjoyment and public health. Their early advocacy was critical to creating the existing Danvers Rail Trail.
The installation of these benches continues to support Danvers Bi-Peds mission by creating safer and more user-friendly Rail Trail.
Thank you to the Bi-Peds and trail volunteers.
Photo includes (L-R) Karen Wagner, Nancy McNulty, Tom Berry, Ingrid Berry, Matt Duggan, Linda Mathews, Kevin Bellew, Mark Jones, Paul McNulty
Thank You Medtronic and Rail Trail Volunteers!
In late May, groups of volunteers worked over a few days to install and then paint a storage shed for various trail maintenance tools. To get started the site was prepared with a gravel bed, then a 10’ by 16’ shed was built on site. This was followed by painting in Boston and Maine Railroad colors, in keeping with other buildings on the trail.
Thank you to all our donors who supported the purchase of the shed, our volunteers who helped build it, and to Medtronic Corp who painted the shed as part of their “Caring for Communities” program.
Thank You Western Cycle!
The Friends of the Danvers Rail Trail would like to thank the folks at Western Cycle for their generous donation to the Rail Trail. Western Cycle has been a great supporter in the past, for example helping out during the Family Bike Day and more. Western Cycle is located right on the trail at the 89 Maple Street, right at Maple Street trail crossing. Thank you Jamie!
The RTAC is Looking for Volunteers
The Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee (RTAC) is a Town Manager appointed committee of nine volunteers with broad representation from the community. This committee, in partnership with the town, is responsible of the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the trail, and ensuring citizen input into trail activities. The committee both guides this work and is actively involved in doing the work.
Volunteers are key to our success in keeping the trail the great town amenity that it is. If you have interest in doing some outdoor work ranging from simple clean up to larger improvement projects, please note your interest by submitting our Contact Us form found here. Much of this work can be done on your own and during times of your choosing.
To help us plan, please register events that use any part of the trail!
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.