Manchester & Lawrence Rail Trail

Manchester & Lawrence Rail Trail


Lawrence Rail Trail

The Lawrence Rail Trail is a 1.4 mile path that will run from the south bank of the Merrimack River to Manchester Street Park, then on into Methuen. The trail will cross the Merrimack River and swing northwest across Broadway Street (Rt. 28). The trail will then run roughly parallel to Broadway Street at a northerly direction towards the Massachusetts/ New Hampshire boundary. The Lawrence Branch of the Rail Trail is one part of The Manchester and Lawrence (M&L) Branch, a railroad right-of-way between Lawrence, MA and Manchester, NH which will be converted into a multi-use recreational path.

When constructed, the trail will provide unimpeded pedestrian access to many facilities along the Merrimack River, plus Downtown Lawrence, The Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Bourgoin Park, Manchester Street Park, and the Spicket River Greenway. It would offer many recreational opportunities for Lawrence residents such as walking, jogging, running, biking, rollerblading and skateboarding plus cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter.

The city of Lawrence is currently designing the trail, while the city of Methuen recently completed their portion. The Lawrence section is in the pipeline for Federal construction dollars. Please watch this page for future updates!

The Merrimack Valley Planning Comission (MVPC) has provided a feasibility study to help those who are interested in the project get a better understanding of the scope. If you would like more information about the path, please click on the links provided below












Methuen Rail Trail

Groundwork Lawrence, in partnership with the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance, Gateway Cities Parks, and the City of Methuen, offically celebrated the opening of the Methuen portion of the rail trail on November 26, 2019. The trail now connects Salem, NH to Lawrence. The Salem portion of the rail trail is under construction, while the Lawrence portion is in the design stage. 


The Manchester and Lawrence Branch Shared-Use Path Feasibility Study (part 1)

Feasibility Study

Old Rails to Green Trails: EPA Helps Lawrence MA Plan a Promising Future