About Trailspotting

Category: Blog Update
Last updated: September 2021

So while some collect Pokémon and others collect spoons, I’m more of a collector of hiking trails and rail trails. My name is Stuart, and since 2007 I’ve been posting them at Trailspotting.com. My goal is to provide what you need to know to help identify the trails that might suit you, and get you enjoying the outdoors as quickly as possible. We focus on day trips – from short excursions to walking routes that can take up to a full day, with hikes commonly range from 1 to 10 miles.

I write the articles, record the trails and take the photographs that you will find here at Trailspotting. Hiking on a routine basis is something my wife Jenna introduced me to, and something we’ve been doing ever since. Sometimes we’re joined by our reluctant son, who after dragging him away from a screen, usually figures out after a while that he’s having fun too.

You can download our maps onto your devices to help you navigate to and around the trails we review. If you expand the maps embedded in our articles you can download a KML file which can be used in many ways, including on services like Strava, Map My Run and AllTrails. If AllTrails is your preference, then we also provide links to our own AllTrails maps in addition to the publicly crowdsourced versions. By the way, if you spot similarities in content between Trailspotting and AllTrails, that’s likely because some of our California and Hawaii content is licensed to them.

Stuart and Jenna.

Our coverage is limited to places we’ve either lived or travelled – mainly in Northern California, and now in New England – after moving to New Hampshire in 2020.

We quickly discovered that New Hampshire is rich with rail trails, which criss-cross the state. Enjoyed by everyone from dog walkers to multi-day bike touring parties, we find these trails a great way to explore the state at a comfortable pace on mostly flat trails, while learning some history about the former railroads and places they served along the way. We also discovered that information on these rail trails is a mixed bag, and we hope Trailspotting can help with that in some way.

Trailspotting is published using Blogger.com using a customized Soho template. Costs to run the site are limited to only maintaining the domain name, so we don't run advertisements or carry affiliate links anywhere on this website.

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