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Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail and Swamp Walk

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Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail and Swamp Walk
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
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Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail and Swamp Walk
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About Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail and Swamp Walk
The Swamp Walk is a wooden, pile-supported walkway across the southern portion of Wenham Great Swamp and Ipswich River Basin (which includes Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary). The walkway straddles the Towns of Danvers and Wenham and loops about a third of a mile through a remote tussock marsh area. You can enter the walkway via access points at each end of the loop, off the Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail.

The boardwalk crosses two small islands and includes an open viewing platform with a picnic table and benches. There are additional benches along the way.

Beavers actively work the area in and around the SwampWalk, maintaining two large beaver lodges and a fairly long beaver dam. Trees felled by the beavers can be seen all along the boardwalk. Other wildlife includes painted and snapping turtles, frogs, various snakes, occasional deer, eagles, hawks, and other birdlife.

During the mid to late 1900s, the pond was used for private duck hunting by the owners of Choate Farm.

​+ Parking is available at the trail crossing at MA-97 in Wenham, across the street from Putnamville Park on Wenham Street, Choate Farm off Locust Street, or the Hobart Street lot in downtown Danvers.
​+ From the MA-97, it is about a 0.5-mile walk or ride south through Great Wenham Swamp to the northern SwampWalk entrance.
​+ From the Choate Farm parking, area you walk about .33-mile through the Choate Farm forest area (paths are marked) down onto the Danvers Rail Trail, where you turn left and walk another 0.33 of a mile to the southern SwampWalk entrance.
​+ From the Hobart Street lot, the SwampWalk is about a 2.5-mile walk or ride north from downtown Danvers.
From Danvers-Wenham Rail Trail webpage