The Manchester and Lawrence Rail Trail

The proposed Lawrence Rail Trail is a 1.1 mile path that runs from the south bank of the Merrimack River to the edge of Manchester Street Park, which then crosses into Methuen. 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 mult-use recreational path. The trail will cross the Merrimack River and swing northwest across Broadway Street (Rt. 28). The trail then runs roughly parallel to Broadway Street at a northernly direction towards the Massachusetts/ New Hampshire boundary.

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