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

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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




September 8th Walk for Animals, MSPCA


We are sponsoring a table September 8th, Sunday at the Nevins farm.They are having a dog walk and using the trail. We will be selling items such as shirts, patches, water and candy. We NEED volunteers to come by and help out. The event is 10-2, but we are looking for help from 9-3. If you have even an hour to spare that day and can come by it would be most appreciated. Times and meeting location to be announced later. So respond to this e-mail with a time that you can help out.
Thank You
Tim Vermette

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Methuen Rail Trail on Google Maps

Apprently Google Maps merges OLD satellite photos with new ones. As you can see the image of the Methuen Rail Trail Parking area is very recent, as you can clearly see the Granite Curbing that lines the edge.   Whereas the area along the trail just NORTH of the tunnel is clearly over two years old, as the rails are still on the ground. I am sure all the other sections will get updated eventually, but for a while it will be a little confusing to folks who have never visited the trail before. Yes it is still paved with recycled asphalt and no we haven’t put the rails back.


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Traffic Controls in time for the good weather

the Watch for Traffic Signs at Nevins Rd have been replaced.. The Stop Signs and crosswalk are up on Union St. And we are adding the safety features to the posts along the old Laidlaw property…soon some Yellow Rope will be added. Hopefully this will help trail users and automobiles stay safe. If folks have other suggestions please send them in to

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Come out and play! The Rail Trail Alliance is inviting everyone to come on down and try out the trail. Especially on Saturday June 2nd, National Trails Day. We will be out there answering questions at an information table from 8 to 12. And we will be walking the trail with your answering questions.
Join everyone else and tell your friends.

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