Topsfield Linear Common/Rail Trail

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The Topsfield Linear Common is part of the larger “Border to Boston” trail which, when completed, will extend from Boston to the Salisbury/NH border.  You can currently ride from Topsfield south to Lowell Street in Peabody on the multi-use trail.  The trail utilizes the abandoned railroad bed of the Newburyport Branch Rail line, which operated from 1854-1950.  The Linear Common is 4 miles in length, extending from the Wenham town line to the Boxford town line.  The southern half of the trail, starting at Washington Street, is completed with a stone dust surface suitable for pedestrians, equestrians, carriages, mountain bikes and road bikes.  The northern half of the trail has been cleared but has a grass surface.   There are crosswalks with manually operated flashing lights at the Rt. 1 and Rt. 97 crossings.  ECTA volunteers added planking and railings to the bridge over the Ipswich River to make it safe for trail users.

The Friends of Topsfield Trails are currently fundraising to improve the northern part of the trail.

Equestrians: Due to the surfacing of the trail, the amount of traffic, and the diverse trail users who share the trail, equestrians are required to clean up any manure that is dropped on the trail.


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Our full-size pdf version of the Topsfield Linear Common trail map is still in progress.  Please check back later. 

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  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Mountain biking
  • Road biking
  • Birding
  • Dogs OK on Leash
  • Horseback Riding
  • Carriage Driving
  • Cross-country skiing


  • Open Dawn to Dusk
  • No Motorized Vehicles
  • Dogs must be leashed and dog waste must be removed
  • Horse manure must be removed from the trail


Parking in Topsfield Center and at Pye Brook Park.


Trail south of Topsfield Center owned by the MBTA
Trail north of Topsfield Center owned by National Grid