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!

Recent Trail Repairs Completed – Thank you DPW!

Danvers DPW recently completed the Beaver Brook culvert repairs on the trail north of Holten Street. This was a major job, but done quickly. The trail surface has been replaced, a fence added, and some improvements made at the Brahman Street connection.

 

Also, DPW recently made an important repair just north of Poplar Street where the trail and a dental office parking lot meet. A dry well was installed and topped with two storm grates. This change will allow parking lot runoff to be captured, and thus stop trail erosion. The trail surface has been repaired as well.

 

Thank you Danvers DPW!

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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.

Dog owners – please be respectful of others on the trail

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It's spring and we welcome dogs and their owners back to the trail. Please be courteous to other trail users – always keep your dog on a leash and pick up any waste your dog creates. Not only is this the polite and healthy thing to do, it’s the law in Danvers.

 

Chapter XXI of the Danvers Bylaws State in part:

Leashes: “No person owning, harboring or having custody and control of a dog shall permit such dog to be at large in the Town of Danvers at any time. [While on town property other than the Endicott Park dog park] any dog shall be controlled and restrained by a proper leash.”

Dog waste: “Any person having custody and control of a dog or other animal in any park, playground, beach, public common, municipal recreation area, street, sidewalk, public area or any private property of someone other than the owner within the Town of Danvers shall remove and dispose of any feces left thereon by his or her dog”

Fines: “The first violation of this By-Law within a calendar year shall be punishable by a $25.00 fine; the second and subsequent violations within the calendar year by a $50.00 fine.”

 

Complaints about loose dogs should be made to 978-777-0001 x 3023.  Or via the towns contact form at  https://www.danversma.gov/questionscomplaints/

Events

To help us plan, please register events that use any part of the trail!

Do you have a photo or story you would like to share about the rail trail?

CLICK HERE 

Do you need to report a problem or issue on the Danvers Rail Trail?

CLICK HERE ​

Special Thanks To Our $500

Mile Marker Sponsors!

 

Align Credit Union

Beverly Bank

Danvers Rotary

Dianne & Gary Langlais

Dr. Donald & Donna Kowalski

En Vogue Salon & Day Spa

Kiwanis of Danvers

People's United Bank

RTN Credit Union

 

View all our sponsors here

Become a sponsor here

Please do NOT Place Advertising or Announcements on the Trail

PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE USING OUR TRAIL AND WEAR YOUR HELMETS!
THANK YOU!

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.

Dumping Is Illegal on the Trail

We are fortunate that most in Danvers work to maintain a clean and environmentally safe Rail Trail. However, over the past few months we have received complaints from trail users regarding the dumping of construction waste (asphalt and concrete), yard waste (e.g. grass-cuttings and brush), and other trash along the Rail Trail.

As a reminder, the Rail Trail is town property. It runs within the Danvers Electric Division right-of-way, which includes a 10 to 15-foot strip of land on either side of the trail. Town of Danvers Bylaw Section XXV.3.a “expressly prohibits the… littering, dumping, or placing of waste of any description on Town-owned lands.”

Please treat trail users and neighbors with respect and do not dump illegally on the trail. The Danvers Police Department and Board of Health will be on the trail during the spring and summer to help educate and enforce no-dumping regulations.

Our Mission

The Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee is a Town Manager appointed committee of nine volunteers with broad representation from the community. Created in July 2009, the Committee purpose is to advance the utilization of the abandoned railroad corridor in Danvers to which the Town has been granted a 99 year lease by the MBTA. Read More...

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Friends of Danvers Rail Trail

PO Box 211

Danvers, MA 01923



info@danversrailtrail.org



Danvers Town Hall: (978) 777 -0001

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