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 Maintenance on the Trail Complete
Thank you for your patience and finding alternate routes during the trail mowing, The mowing crew finished their work earlier than expected. The mowing is part of Danvers Electric’s annual program of vegetation management under their lines is essential to keep lines clear and assure good service. Thank you!
Turtles on the Trail?
During the month of June and July, you may notice turtles on or near the trail. Its nesting season and turtles are out looking for soft and sandy spots to lay their eggs. So far this year we have seen painted turtles and snapping turtles on the trail. If you see a turtle, please do not pick it up or disturb it, as you may disrupt its nesting process. You can take a picture and submit it here on the website. Hatchlings may occasionally be spotted in August or September, making their way nearby water.
Update - The Risk of Ignoring Covid-19 Etiquette on the Trail
Through both social media and signs on the trail, the Town of Danvers and the Rail Trail Volunteers have encouraged trail users to respect social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, some trail users are not following these guidelines and raising citizen concerns about safety on the trail.
Should a significant number of trail users not follow social distancing guidelines; the town may be forced to close the trail.
The Town will continue to monitor the trail and other pedestrian paths/sidewalks to encourage social distancing. If you feel social distancing guidelines are not being followed, please notify the Town by either calling 978-777-0001 or emailing COVID19@danversma.gov.
Healthcare professionals continue to encourage outdoor activity as its good for the body and mind. When on the trail, please do your bit to keep trail users healthy:
Keep six feet between yourself and other non-family trail users. This distance might mean walking/cycling single file. This might mean moving off stone dust surface for a short distance.
Keep to your right. Cyclists and families with strollers should be prepared to move to the side of the trail or walk/ride single file.
Your good social distancing behavior will help remind others of their need to do the same.
Keep our volunteers healthy and Covind-19 free – please carry out your trash and dog waste.
Discover Danvers - Reduce Tail Congestion! As much as we love the trail, there over 470 streets in Danvers waiting to be discovered. Most streets have sidewalks, and many pass through lovely areas of older homes, historic cemeteries, and green space. When you explore other areas of town, follow the same social distancing guidelines.
Danvers related Covid-19 questions can be addressed to COVID19@danversma.gov.
Be safe, be healthy, enjoy the trail responsibly.
The Town of Danvers
To help us plan, please register events that use any part of the trail!
Please do NOT Place Advertising or Announcements on the Trail
PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE USING OUR TRAIL AND WEAR YOUR HELMETS!
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.
Dog owners – please be respectful of others on the trail
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/
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.