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 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!
Sweet Success – About 70 Turn Out for 2019 Chocolate Walk!
The weather was sunny, cold, and very windy, but still about 70 walkers joined us for our third annual Chocolate Walk. We started at the Hobart Street parking lot and walked north to Putnamville Park, about three miles round trip. Walkers were of all ages, many with dogs.
Many thanks to Putnam Pantry Candies for providing a great selection of Valentine’s Day themed candies for the walk. Everyone was thrilled with the donation!
Ten Rail Trail volunteers acted as hosts and crossing guards. A number of Danvers High School students prepared delicious chocolate baked goods and then handed them out to hungry walkers and helped with crossing safety.
Consumed during the walk: 40 cups of hot chocolate, dozens of homemade sweets, and nearly 125 Putnam Pantry chocolate samplers.
Thank you to all who joined and supported the event! And special thanks to Putnam Pantry!
A Beautiful First Day Trail Walk
Walkers Getting Ready - First Day 2019
Danvers High National Honor Society Volunteers - First Day 2019
About 80 people of all ages joined us for a pleasant (and unseasonably warm) 2019 First Day Walk. Most came from Danvers, but we also had walkers from Swampscott, Salem, and Beverly. The walk was managed by about 15 volunteers who handed out light refreshments and acted as guides at street crossings.
Many walkers made the full five-mile trek to the SwampWalk and back.
Thank you to our volunteers and everyone who joined the fun!
Dumping Is Illegal on the Trail
First Walk 2017
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.
The Town of Danvers does provide free curbside yard waste pickup between April and December. Click here for the 2018 Trash, Yard Waste, and Recycling Calendar.
If you would like more information on any of this or to report possible illegal dumping, please contact Mark Carleo, Assistant Director of Public Health at 978-777-0001 X 3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
To help us plan, please register events that use any part of 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.
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PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE USING OUR TRAIL AND WEAR YOUR HELMETS!