DANVERS RAIL TRAIL:
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Last Updated: October 05, 2013
Length: Danvers Rail Trail; 4.4 miles
Peabody Rail Trail; 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Danvers Rail Trail; Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
Peabody Rail Trail; Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
Directions: More parking areas are located on the map.
To Start from the Route 97 parking lot; From I-95 take exit 50 to Route 1 north. After about 2 miles turn right on Salem Rd. Take your first left on Wenham Rd and follow to Route 97. Continue straight on Route 97 and you'll quickly come to the parking lot on your right where the trail crosses the road.
The Danvers Rail Trail, Wenham Rail Trail & Topsfield Linear Common follow the rail bed of the old Danvers & Georgetown RR which was chartered in 1851. In 1855 this line merged into the Newburyport RR and in 1860 it became part of the Boston & Maine RR/ Newburyport Branch. All three trails are part of the regional BORDER TO BOSTON TRAIL , an emerging 28-mile shared use trail linking eight communities from the New Hampshire border to Bostonís North Shore. The Grand Wenham Canal may be accessed from the Topsfield Linear Common. For more information visit; TOPSFIELD LINEAR COMMON & DANVERS RAIL TRAIL .
Starting from the Route 97 parking lot; This section is part of the Wenham Rail Trail.
Note; A cross-light over busy Route 97 takes you north along the Wenham Rail Trail which soon becomes the Topsfield Linear Common .
Heading south the Wenham Rail Trail travels through a marsh along a causeway. After 0.3 miles you'll come to a map board and the entrance to the Swamp Walk. Here you'll find a map of the regional BORDER TO BOSTON TRAIL , as well as, information on the EAST COAST GREENWAY . Bike racks are located behind this sign.
Note; A 0.3 mile hiking trail (the Swamp Walk) loops around the marsh along a dirt path and boardwalk, returning to the rail trail further south.
After leaving the marsh behind and entering the woods you'll come to the start of the Danvers Rail Trail at 0.7 miles. This stone-dust trail travels through woodlands passing by the Choate Farm Conservation Area. Mileage markers have been placed every 0.1 miles along the trail. Cross Wenham St at 1.6 miles. All road crossings have cross-walks and the name of the road. The trail is more open now as it follows a power line along a residential corridor. After crossing Chestnut St at 2.7 miles look left to spot an old RR Mileage Marker reading B19/N21 (Boston 19 miles/Newburyport 21 miles). The street crossings become more numerous now as you travel through Danvers. When you reach Maple St you'll need to head right to access a cross-light over this busy road. Returning to the trail notice the first of several bike sculptures and benches that are built with old railcar wheels and axes. You then travel past the Hobart Street parking lot at 3.2 miles. Here you'll find informational signs about the Danvers Plains RR Station. Cross Pine St at 3.8 miles. This was the location of the old Tapleyville RR Station where you'll still find some old RR tracks alongside the trail. Cross an old RR bridge over Route 114 after 4.9 miles. Pass by the Danvers Indoor Sports parking lot before coming to the Peabody town line at 5.1 miles. Here you'll find a map board and the 0 mile marker. The Peabody Rail Trail continues south with a stone-dust surface. Travel through a tunnel underneath I-95 and you'll come to Lowell St and the end of the trail at 5.9 miles. From here you may access the Independence Greenway via an on-road connection.
CLICK HERE FOR DANVERS RAIL TRAIL MAP
CLICK HERE FOR TOPSFIELD LINEAR COMMON MAP
CLICK HERE FOR BORDERS TO BOSTON MAP
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