Address: 54R Buxton Road
Amenities: Picnic area, Walking trails, Campfire pit with permission
At over 50 acres, the Town Forest is Danvers’ largest Open Space area. An extensive trail network, approximately 3 miles, has been redesigned for easier exploration of the forest. The red, yellow, and green trails are unique loops accessible by the “spine” of the trail network, the blue trail. Each trail offers a unique experience with varying terrain to suit each explorer’s abilities. Goodale Cemetery is located just past the entrance, and features historic graves from both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
The Town Forest provides an important habitat for wildlife in Danvers. On the west, the Town Forest borders the Ipswich River and its surrounding wetlands, which attract diverse wildlife. The Town Forest is home to three certified vernal pools. Though they are only filled with water during spring and early summer, vernal pools provide critical breeding grounds for many species of amphibians and invertebrates such as fairy shrimp, blue spotted salamanders and wood frogs. The Town Forest is home to beavers, and a beaver dam across Norris Brook is visible from the red and blue trails.