This is a community project started a number of years ago to create a 3 mile long, shared use nonmotorized trail that extends from north. The nrrt has long been my favorite local rail trail, but the goffstown rail trail along with its piscataquog cousin in manchester has become a contender. Northern rail trail of new hampshire lebanon 2020 all. Starts in goffstown and ends up at the fisher cat baseball stadium. Massachusetts and new hampshires nashua river rail trail rail trails honoring americas veterans a view from new england in autumn 5 feelgood stories of amazing trail volunteers seven stunning sights from rtcs new england mapping trips notice. Derry rail trail the paved derry rail trail currently four miles travels along the railroad bed of the old manchester and lawrence branch of the boston and maine railroad, and is part of a larger series of rail trails including the londonderry and manchester rail trails that will eventually connect and run 20 miles from salem to manchester. Craig tufts of the regional trails coordinating councilhas shared this draft map of the granite state rail trail and local connections. The granite state rail trail is a work in progress. The new hampshire rail transit authority nhrta is an administrative agency attached to the new hampshire department of transportation nhdot, created in 2007 to oversee the development of commuter rail and other passenger rail service in new hampshire but, by 2019 the group had ceased to meet, and their website url had lapsed. This section begins at gold street and continues north to.
Rail trails coalition and author of the book new hampshire rail trails. The pull off to park was small and full so we parked on the road which wasnt a big deal. Active railroads may allow recreational use only during the winter months on some lines. Explore the best rated trails in new hampshire, whether youre looking an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the nashua river rail trail and northern rail trail.
In addition to biking trails, offers information on great bed and breakfasts and other accommodations while on the trail. Rail to trail bike trails created from abandoned railroad lines welcome to your rail trail, bike trail and biking resource. A community trail utilized for exercise and enjoyment, which will also promote green transportation by providing an attractive option for those traveling in the city of dover. Users of multiuse trails may include hikers, bikers, equestrians, ohrvs, snowshoers, crosscountry skiers, and sled dogs. List of rail trails in the united states wikipedia. The section from lebanon to canaan is one of my favorite parts of the northern rail trail. Watch a 2008 wmur nh chronicle video segment on new hampshire rail trails. Awesome goffstown manchester nh rail trail youtube. A portion of the south manchester rail trail has already been constructed and is currently being used.
The amoskeag millyard is home to the millyard museum, which tracks the history of what is now manchester back 11,000 years. Northern rail trail of new hampshire lebanon 2020 all you. The gsrt is a rail trail that when completed will run from the state line in salem nh all the way to lebanon nh over 100 miles. The londonderry rail trail can be accessed at numerous points. Phillips exeter trail 2020 all you need to know before. Dates for winter use are determined by the new hampshire department of. The connection between the goffstown and manchester trails was worth the wait. The southern new hampshire planning commission hosts the rtcc. Running parallel to mast road and the piscataquog river, eventually the goffstown trail will connect to manchester s piscataquog.
Once a trail is builtlighting, public art, signage and other great amenities can really enhance the trail experience for commuters and families. Today, only 629 miles of railroad is in use for freight and passenger trains, but many of the defunct lines have been repurposed into recreational rail trails for walkers and bikers. The following groups are involved with rail trails and have participated in nhrtc activities. New hampshire rail trails by charles fontaine martin. The main trail head is located across from north londonderry elementary school, at 19 sanborn road. Currently more the 11 of the 20 miles are completed. Nhdot has 7 new hampshire regional bicycle maps available at the links below for viewing or printing if you would like printed copies of these maps mailed to you, send an email request with your mailing address to sally. Hundreds of miles of railroad have been transformed into rail trails. My dogs had a blast running in the water along some parts of the trail and it seemed like the path was suitable for families of all ages.
With more than 62 trails covering 484 miles youre bound to find a perfect trail for you. The railsto trails conservancy trail shop has great gear for hitting the trail and purchases support rtcs work to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connect corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Hiking hiking is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in new hampshire, and its no secret as to why. New hampshire bike trails cheshire rail trail the derry rail trail windham rail trail. This page also contains links to other bicycle, rail, and transit related maps of interest. In this expanded, updated edition of his very popular guide to new hampshires large network of rail trails, charles f.
An expert whitewater kayaker, his first book, sierra whitewater, described rivers in californias sierra nevada. Usgs manchester north, candia, and mount pawtuckaway quads. Martins comprehensive book new hampshire rail trails for information about the location and history of these and other trails. The trail starts in lebanon and is a pleasant jaunt to danbury. Explore the best trails in manchester, new hampshire on traillink. The abandoned roadbed currently serves as a rail trail in londonderry, derry, and windham, as well as in. Report shows goffstown rail trail ready to roll, march 3, 2005 goffstowns rail trail gets spring cleaning from volunteer. Rails to trails conservancy is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multiuse recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skaters, wheelchair users, and equestrians. For active travelers, the rockingham recreational trail is probably the most readily available of the new hampshire rail trails. Read 2009 union leader and manchester express articles about manchester trail. Railstotrails conservancy is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multiuse recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skaters, wheelchair users, and equestrians.
The northern rail trail is one of the most family friendly trails in new hampshire. The purpose of the rtcc includes the advancement of a multiuse transportation trail from salem to lebanon. The best bike trails and family bikes rides in new hampshire. Outdoors with kids maine, new hampshire, and vermont amc books. The hooksett rail trail is one of 1600 railtrails supported by railstotrails conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a. Rails to trails conservancy rtc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Massabesic is a other mountain bike trail in manchester, nh, new hampshire. This idyllic bike path leads you past lakes and streams, and through dense forests in. As part of the rei coop family, were dedicated to making websites and mobile apps that help outdoor enthusiasts connect, share information and get out into the places they love to play.
Hooksett rail trail is a popular dog friendly hike in hooksett, nh. Trails trail finder united states new hampshire manchester manchester railtrails. Programs and services outlined, referred to or offered in this section are only available to present and retired city of manchester employees and their families. Best rails trails trails in new hampshire alltrails. The definitive guide to multiuse trails in connecticut.
The new hampshire state rail plan of 2012 and the i93 transit study stated that it could be feasible to revitalize the line up to manchester for freight and commuter rail service. Massabesic mountain bike trail in manchester, nh, new. With more than 85 manchester trails covering 518 miles, youre bound to find a perfect trail like the stevens rail trail or sugar river trail. This walk provides freedom, shade, wildlife and quiet fresh water fishing spots to. The following groups are involved with rail trails and have. While living in massachusetts, he worked for four years on the bruce freeman rail trail. While many rail trails follow rivers along their course, the northern gives riders a chance to get up close and personal with the.
Im particularly fond of the segment between west side arena and danis park road. Here are 10 rail trails in new hampshire that youll want to visit. Rail trails bike trails bicycle rails to trails biking. Martin has logged hundreds of hours and even more bicycle miles exploring every available trail on the rights of way of this states former railroads. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our favorite. Recreational rail trails map rockingham recreational rail trail, portsmouth branch manchesternewfields 25.
You could order the book online, but i prefer finding my trail guides at local book shops. Greenvillemason rail trail monadnock rail trail upper coos rail trail hillsborough rail trail salem rail trail cotton valley rail trail goffstown rail trail profile rail trail warren rail trail nashua rail trail woodsville rail trail windham rail trail granite town rail trail londonderry rail trail lilac city greenway mast yard dover rail trail. Welcome to the city of manchester, nh official website. Unexpectedly discovered this gorgeous place today while cycling the rockingham recreation trail from raymond to manchester. New hampshire rail trails new england rail heritage. The south manchester rail trail is a proposed bikepedestrian path that would connect the downtown millyard area of manchester to the town on londonderry. Rail trails are different from the hiking trails that climb hills and descend into valleys. New hampshire rail trails is the most comprehensive guide yet written on multiuse rail trails in new hampshire. A new hampshire author has created a comprehensive guide to all of the states rail trails and he recently shared some of them with adam sexton. Featured content new hampshires londonderry rail trail 7 top trail picks from trail lovers like you on traillink. West side arena, northeast delta dental stadium, thibault field, goffstown rail trail. Manchester rail trail by bike manchester vt facebook.
Rockingham recreational trail in manchester new hampshire. It connects to the piscataquog trail in manchester. Best railtrails trails near manchester, new hampshire. Jfk memorial coliseum is located at 303 beech street, in between beech and maple streets and auburn and valley streets. These wide, flat trails take you into the new hampshire wilderness for a perfect hiking or biking experience. Vernon trailrockville spur is a crosscountry skiing, horseback riding, railtrails, road biking adventure located in or near manchester, ct. Amc southern new hampshire trail guide 4th edition of amc guidebook provides comprehensive coverage of cardigan, monadnock, and several state parks, plus many other hills and preserves. The south manchester rail trail will utilize the rightofway row of the abandoned boston and maine railroad. It serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, more than 22,000 miles of open rail trails across the country, and. New hampshire rail trails is the most comprehensive guide yet written on. Dover bike trails maps of bike routes in dover, nh. Connecticut, maine, massachusetts, new hampshire, rhode. I loved the beauty, serenity, the stone artwork and watching joyfilled kids jumping and doing flips off the large stones into the water. Railsto trails conservancy rtc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Find out more about the states rail trails, including how to access them. Great if you want to introduce the youngsters to nature and hiking,but dont want to drive the little ones hours up into the mountains. The trails in new hampshires state parks, forests and on recreational rail trails offer unsurpassed beauty, challenging terrain, and an experience to last a lifetime whether on a short stroll with your family or climbing the tallest mountain in new hampshire. Chivers pond candia, new hampshire wildlife sanctuary. There is a parking lot that visitors are free to use next to the entrance to the trail when school is not in.
Oct 08, 2016 in this expanded, updated edition of his very popular guide to new hampshires large network of rail trails, charles f. Even on a hot day much of the trail is shaded, so it feels much cooler. The manchester and lawrence railroad was a railroad company that was chartered in new hampshire, united states, by businessmen from manchester, to build a rail line from that city to the massachusetts state line. After moving to new hampshire, he spent many years working on the northern rail rail in merrimack county, while exploring, biking. Concord, nh bike trails maps of bike routes in concord, nh. Dates for winter use are determined by the new hampshire. Martin shares his extensive knowledge and experience in inviting descriptions illustrated with 3 meticulous maps and over 180 photographs of scenery, railroad artifacts, and trail conditions. Ive been using this rail trail to squeeze in a quick 6 to 8 mile off road bike ride between west lebanon, nh and enfield, nh two or three days a week. It serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, more than 22,000 miles of open railtrails across the country, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built. Not too long ago, new hampshire was crisscrossed with railroads. A bustling urban center in quiet new england, manchester, new hampshire combines history, industry and business.
Due to its proximity to manchester, new hampshires largest town and airport, the trail is a cinch to access. The following is a breakdown of each nh town, and where they stand with their rail trail projects. Railstotrails conservancy the nations largest trails. Today, however, the railroads are abandoned, but not forgotten. A comprehensive directory is a complete listing of rail trails available for public use in the united states. The information contained within this section of the website, known as cityview, while available for viewing by the public, is intended for city employees. This is a list of rail trails in the united states of america. Manchesterlawrence recreational rail trail salemwindham 5. This is a quiet escape off the beaten path of exeter nh. This is a full video with fast forwards between interesting parts of the trail. South manchester rail trail new hampshire trails traillink.
We are a nonprofit organization comprised of citizen volunteers that are dedicated to improving access to trails for recreational use in the community of londonderry, new hampshire. When completed it will be a mostly off road route from lebanon to salem. The manchester board of mayor and aldermen chose a new school board. The piscataquog trail is a 10 ft wide, paved recreational. In the 1980s, after congress deregulated the railroad industry, unprofitable routes closed around the country and 4,000 to 8,000 miles of rail lines were abandoned each year. Hiking trails around milford milford, nh aarp in your city.
Hiking trails around manchester manchester, nh aarp in your city. Manchester, new hampshire a needed checkup for healthier homes manchester, n. Cityview employee web site manchester, new hampshire. New hampshire trails new hampshire trail maps traillink. Information and events happening with the new boston rail trail a nonmotorized trail with allaccessible trail sections for the community to utilize safely.
The dover community trail is being developed to realize the following vision. Please take the time to explore our site and feel free to contact us with any comments or questions. The grades are easy and the trail has a nice firm surface. Rockingham recreational rail trail, portsmouth branch manchester newfields 25. This website and its contents are a service of the city of manchester, nh. The national rails to trails movement dates to the mid 1960s, when the first rail trails opened in the midwest. The currier museum of art focuses on paintings by big names like picasso and okeeffe. The official web site for the city of manchester, nh covering all local government news and information.1482 398 1090 295 1347 707 1483 390 996 1004 388 1480 942 555 734 116 970 294 190 1208 421 336 82 869 378 224 1423