Border to Boston Trail

The Border to Boston Trail is a 70-mile shared use trail that links approximately 20 communities from the New Hampshire border to Boston for non-motorized uses including walking, bicycling, and more. The trail connects town and employment centers, neighborhoods, schools, parks, recreational facilities, and natural areas in the Essex National Heritage Area. When completed, this trail will be one of the region’s most outstanding assets- facilitating safe, scenic, and healthy transportation and recreation for all to enjoy. 

The Border to Boston Trail has received extensive community support over the course of its development. Elected and agency officials at all levels of government have been working in partnership with Essex Heritage and other organizations, including MassDOT, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Costal Trails Coalition, and the National Park Service, in furthering the develop of the trail network. Additionally, community groups and individual members have also become very involved and engaged in the development of trails and have experienced the benefits of this trail network, especially in challenging times such as the pandemic. Trail stewards saw a significant increase in the usage of the Border to Boston Trail over the last year due to people engaging with outdoor resources in their community. 

Border to Boston Heritage Area Communities 

  • Salisbury
  • Newburyport
  • Newbury
  • Georgetown
  • Boxford
  • Topsfield
  • Wenham
  • Danvers
  • Peabody
  • Salem
  • Marblehead
  • Swampscott
  • Lynn
  • Saugus

Coastal Trails Coalition
East Coast Greenway