The Rail Trail follows an old rail line that runs in a north-south direction connecting Peabody to Wenham. It is the southernmost section of the regional Border to Boston trail from Danvers to Salisbury. The route of the rail trail winds from the Peabody line south of Andover Street, through the heart of downtown Danvers with the new Swampwalk and the Wenham and Topsfield trail to the north.
This property is part of the larger Manchester-Essex Woods. The property protects the headwaters of the Essex River, which is a mere trickle at this location, and is part of a wildlife corridor that runs south from the salt marshes of Essex into the Manchester-Essex Woods.
The Camp Kent Environmental Center (CKEC) is a nature center and 16 -acre parcel of conservation land established by the Town of Amesbury in 1997. CKEC is connected to the adjacent Powow River Conservation Area and Lake Gardener.
This Nature reserve is split between Beverly an Wenham. This nature area is a great place to walk, run and hike. The preserve borders Wenham Lake, which supplies the drinking water for the cities of Beverly and Salem and for a portion of the town of Wenham. As you walk on the property you can view the tribute to Dom Manzoli, a dedicated citizen advocate who, for over three decades, fought to protect the water quality of Wenham Lake and its watershed.
This historic park, a former estate, is the principal community park serving both city residents and Essex County region because of its beauty and unique features. It has an attractive blend of trees, two beaches, ocean views on three sides, concert shell, carriage house with art guild room, concession stand, and formal Italian Rose Garden. These features make it a popular site for school groups, weddings, family gatherings, camps, a variety of ceremonies and a host of community events. Another very unique feature of this park is it's Concert Shell.
The Essex County Trail Association exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout the 6 towns we work in. We partner with both public and private landowners to ensure that the experience of open trails is positive for them as well as the trail users.