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!
Thank You for Earth Day Spring Cleaning! (April 2022)
The weather cooperated on Saturday with cool and sunny conditions. As part of the town-wide Earth Day cleanup, a group of about 25 volunteers made great progress in clearing trash and other debris from all sections of the trail.
About 35 bags of trash (bottles, papers, dog waste) were collected and removed from the trail and trail sidings. In addition, larger items such as flowerpots, tarps, chairs, and construction debris were collected, unfortunately often dumped by neighbors along the trail.
With the weather warming, we ask that trail users and trail neighbors do not deposit waste of any kind on or along the trail. Its illegal and restricts the ability of the Danvers Electric Division to maintain its’ right-of-way, creates a breeding ground for rats, and is generally an eyesore and safety hazard for trail users.
Thank you to Medtronic, Danvers Rotary, the Maple Street Church, rail trail committee members and many rail trail enthusiasts. Also, thank you to the Town of Danvers for providing the trash bags and picking up the gathered trash.
The town has approved extending our current rail trail northwest towards Middleton. This extension will be a 2.9 mile non-motorized, shared-use continuation of the current Danvers Rail Trail, connecting Danvers downtown to additional Danvers western neighborhoods and eventually to the Middleton Rail Trail. The extension will provide an additional healthy recreational option available to all residents and visitors. The extension will be similar to the current trail in design, surface (stone-dust), usage, rules, etc.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXPANSION, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
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.