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!
Electric Division Right-of-Way Mowing Completed! (June 2022)
During the week of June 27 Danvers Electric completed their annual summer vegetation management work on their right-of-way along the trail. With support from volunteers and understanding from trail users, this work was completed ahead of schedule. Danvers Electric’s annual program of vegetation management under their lines is essential to keep lines clear and assure good service. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the work period!
Testing solutions for safer passage at Agway blind corner
While there have not been any accidents in this area, a few trail users have raised concerns about cyclists “cutting the corner” at the blind turn south of Agway.
Rail trail volunteers and the town have installed a set of cones to encourage trail users to keep right. Our plan is to observe how this approach works, and gather input from trail users.
After this we’ll decide on if and what solution makes sense. Whatever solution we end up with needs to ensure Danvers Electric Division has access for line maintenance, and that emergency vehicles can easily get onto the trail.
Cyclists - please keep your speed down and share the trail.
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.
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.