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Successful trailside cleanup!

Last Friday, the MRTA  crew got out and took down the invasive shrubs and pulled out the debris that lines the hillside along the trail.

The neighbors along the trail have been putting in little gardens transforming the edge of the trail from something ugly into something productive. And the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance is helping out!

More group cleanups will be needed to remove the rest of the weed trees, oil barrels and tires that line the border of the trail, but eventually it will get there! Join us for the next group cleanup!


Macy’s Love’s The Methuen Rail Trail!


Macy’s Loves Parks!

Heart Your ParkMacy’s and Macy’s customers are showing their love for community parks March 7 – 31, 2014.

National Recreation and Park Association is partnering with Macy’s on a national program through nearly 700 Macy’s stores where donations will support a community park chosen by each individual store – with Macy’s offering to match the first $250,000 raised!

And they CHOSE The Methuen Rail Trail!

Stores/Associates will be asking customers from March 7th – March 31st if they would like to make a donation of $1 or more to support the local park selected by the Store.

Macy’s will match customers’ donations, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total. Once the $250,000 match is reached, customers can still continue to donate through 3/31.

So Visit Macy’s-The Mall at Rockingham Park before 3/31

and Macy’s will match every dollar donated the Methuen Rail Trail.!


Trails & Sails Weekend: Methuen Rail Trail Extravaganza

Methuen Rail Trail Extravaganza

Saturday 9/28 8:30am – 9:30am & 10:00am – 2:00pm

Railroad St, Methuen

The Methuen Rail Trail Alliance is sponsoring a day of free, family fun along the Methuen Rail Trail!

8:30 –  Start the day with a no frills, 2.5-mile race along the trail that will take runners through the bird sanctuary and up to the New Hampshire border.

If you prefer a more leisurely pace, enjoy a self-guided walk and scavenger hunt along this beautiful trail.

Special Instructions: The race will begin at 8:30am at the historic train depot on Railroad St. From the depot, runners will go through the bird sanctuary and up to the New Hampshire border, at which point they will turn around to return the depot. Water will be provided to runners at the finish.

Self-guided walks and a scavenger hunt on the trail from 10am – 2pm.

Tour information will be provided and volunteers will be available to answer questions about the trail.  Scavenger hunt prizes will be given out between 10am-12pm.

Grab the scavenger hunt clue list at the event 


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Mower donation

Thanks to Ross Parker we have a new used mower. We have accepted a lot of used push mowers in the past, this is our first working ride on. Jim Christie has been our iron man walking up and down the shoulders of the trail. Now he will get to ride. Thanks Ross!….many many thanks to Jim.



2013 Walk for Animals creates traffic jam on Rail Trail

The MSPCA’s Walk for Animals was a great success for the Methuen Rail Trail. This was the 1st year they have held it at the Nevins Farm allowing folks to walk their pooches on the Methuen Rail Trail, first as a parade, and then more loosely spaced out normal walking pace. Everyone had a good time and the Rail Trail Volunteers had a lot of visitors at the information table asking for more information and getting handsfulls of trail maps. We look forward to 2014!



Stop by the Methuen Rail Trail table at the MSPCA Walk for Animals this Sunday!

Walkforanimals2013Walk for Animals!
Sunday September 8 from 11-2 at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Join us for our 5th annual Walk for Animals! With contests & prizes, food & music, kids’ activities, canine demonstrations and other animal antics, there is something for everyone at the Walk! This year there are more animals than ever before who need our help, and we’re not going to let them down.


Register for the event.

Interested in being an exhibitor or a sponsor? Email us at



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