Independence Greenway


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Independence Greenway Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Essex
Length: 5.3 miles
Trail end points: North Shore Mall on Rt. 128 and Russell St. at the Ispwich River
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016009
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Independence Greenway Description

Independence Greenway offers just over 5 miles of trail in two disconnected segments through western Peabody. The rail-trail follows the former Salem and Lowell Railroad and offers nice views. It passes by wetlands and ponds that are home to herons, swans, and other wildlife.

An on-road route is available to close the gap between the trail’s two segments: From Lt. Ross Park, follow Johnson Street to Lowell Street, under US 1 and I-95, and Peabody Road. This 1.4-mile on-street portion does have heavy traffic and some hills. A sidewalk is available.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Independence Greenway at the North Shore Mall trailhead, near 1 Essex Center Drive next to the parking lot for Lahey Clinic Peabody. Face the mall and follow the hospital signs (H) to the trailhead.

Trailheads are also found at Lt. Ross Park (23 Johnson Street), Russell Street, Peabody Road, Albert Road, and Lowell Street.

Independence Greenway Reviews

Great trail, very pleasant and scenic.parking in Middleton is a bit small, but great access to the trail. Connecting to the second part of it can be challenging if you are not comfortable with traffic, despite sidewalk. I was fine but my wife was not too comfortable. But we did it and enjoyed ourselves. The trail actually connects with the one heading to Denver, another 5 miles trail. It was great!

My wife and I decided to ride the Topsfield / Wenham / Danvers rail trails today, and continued on from the Peabody line to the 95 underpass ending at Lowell Street. Here we usually turn around and head back. But today we decided to brave the traffic and head up Lowell Street to Johnson Street to the western section of the Independence Greenway, and I'm glad we did. Warning !! Stay on the sidewalk as you traverse Lowell St. and cross at the cross walks at the west Peabody fire station to get to Johnson Street. A little ways further, cross Johnson St. and go into the Lt. Ross Park, the Rail trail starts to the right of the ball fields.
The next three miles travel through woodlands, marsh and wetlands, occasionally coming alongside the Ipswich river. The trail is smooth and flat with only a few slight bumps, and the best thing is the absolute "quiet" with only a few homes or buildings along the way, you can really hear yourself think, or not, if you like. There are a couple of memorials dedicated to deceased veterans you'll come across along the way, all in a a very tranquil setting. Check this trail out, and enjoy the peace for yourself.. The trail ends at Russell Street, and from here back to Ross park is about three miles. Enjoy the ride !!!

We ride this trail often. The scenery is beautiful, the trail is paved and well marked. We saw a couple of deer recently.
Please keep the gas pipeline away....


i rode the trail from ross park it travels through crystal lake and is very scenic and a easy and enjoyable ride it is notvery long but is paved wit only a slight encline which makes it a easy ride for all ages

Did this short but nice trail this past weekend and it is a very nice trail. I did do the on road detour in my car after reading some of the reviews and wished I had road it as it is not as bad as some of the reviews. It is not Family friendly but for an adult it is not all that bad. Back to the trail, the north west portion is very nice and just under 3 miles long. The one thing that I saw and really liked was markers with the location if you had to call 911. I have been on lots of trails and this was a first. The south east part is 1.75 miles and has one not so good intersection. I did not run into many bikes but both sections where well used. Ran into a Senior Hiking group and a few joggers and lots of walkers. The City of Peabody has done a nice job.

Out on a fine 70 degree day. Parked near the
Eastern end near the hospital. Good parking, direct access to the trail. Trail is fully paved and marked with center line. Mostly people walking on the section near the hospital.

The off trail (on road) section is tricky.
Traffic on Lowell street is HEAVY at mid day. Made it thru westbound okay since there is some room at the shoulder, and a sidewalk if needed.
On the way back, eastbound, traffic was even heavier, and there is NO room on the shoulder on that side of the road under Rts 1 and 95. It would have been better to ride the left side of the road up on the sideway perhaps.

If I went back, I'd perhaps skip the section near the hospital. Parking at Lt. Ross park is good, and the trail westbound from there is scenic. There is also good parking at the west end, and at a cross street just out from the Lt. Ross park. A hotdog cart can be found sometimes at that parking spot, just before the quarry.

I went today as it turned out to be beautiful weather, mid 70's and clear, after rain all night long. This trail is nice but it is short. It is 6.2 miles not 7.4 miles which is a bummer because I coordinated a bike ride with other people and we like to go on long leisurely rides. You need to be careful because the trail goes on a a very congested busy road in the middle, but the trail prior to this is short, then after this it is longer. But it seemed to end just as we got started and comfortable. The on-road part is a turn off to do this trail again but it is good for families with little kids that wanna do some quick biking. Great scenery and fall foliage.

This is a very nice trail, well paved and scenic. We parked in the Lahey lot, no issue.

The problem is crossing under rt 95 on Lowell St, a very busy intersection with lots of cross traffic even mid day on a thursday. Perhaps the best thing is to skip the southern portion and ride up into MIddleton instead.

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