New Boston Rail Trail

• 4-star trail
• 5 mile trail
• Elevation nominal • Medium difficulty
• Merrimack • New Boston NH to Parker NH
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New Boston, New Hampshire.

With an October 2021 grand opening, the extended New Boston rail trail celebrated a new lease of life for the former railroad route, offering 3.9 miles of compacted gravel trail suitable for two legs, two wheels or even four hooves. Beyond the official route, we’ve also mapped the old railroad alignment to its historical terminus at the old passenger depot.

West of Manchester and built as a spur off the New Hampshire Central Railroad in 1893, the New Boston Railroad served two stations over five miles, tracing its way up the gentle slope of the South Branch Piscataquog River valley to the attractive town of New Boston itself.

Although the trail follows the river, including passing by the site of the former Willson-Dicker lumber mill, virtually the whole journey is under shade of forest. Intermittent views of the river can be spotted from time to time, but for the best river valley views you’d have to take your chance on the adjacent auto road.

Following the banks of the South Branch Piscataquog River.

Enjoying the fall foliage and occasional river views from the trail.

There are still several things to see along the way, including dense evergreen forest at the North end, a new rustic footbridge resting on abutments that once served the prior rail bridge, the Lang Station building and the 4H fairgrounds that were once the base of the Pinball Hill ski area.

Continue beyond the Southern limits of the rail trail for another 0.9 miles to the New Boston passenger depot – now a private residence – and grab some well-earned refreshment at the cafĂ© in town, or from the old Dodge’s Country Store. This extended route crosses the 4H fairgrounds and along a wide gravel paved road, but is a legitimate right of way that traces the old railroad alignment.

Note that though elevation gain on this trail is minimal, there is a slight downhill grade in the Northbound direction.

Equestrians enjoying the trail.

The old New Boston passenger depot, now a private residence.

Rail Trail Links:
Goffstown and Piscataquog Rail Trail (2 mi away)

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