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 Utility Mowing June 21 to 25 – Some Trail Sections Temporarily Closed
The Danvers Electric Division will do summer vegetation management work on their trail right-of-way starting Monday June 21 and lasting about five days until Friday June 25. Mowing will be done between about 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. This will result in rolling closures of sections of the trail as they move north from the Peabody line to about Putnamville Park. Bushes and trees that hinder line maintenance will be trimmed.
The contractor conducting the work will be using a truck with a large mowing head and has requested that trail users stay off the closed sections so that they may work safely and quickly. Volunteers will be stationed at key crossings and will suggest alternate routes. For your own safety, and ensure work is completed promptly, please respect rail closure directions.
If you have questions about this work, please contact Kevin Donnelly at the Electric Division. He will work to address your questions. His email is email@example.com and phone 978.777.0005 Ext. 3630
The Electric Division’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.
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.