Mast Yard Rail Trail, Hopkinton NH

• 3-star trail
• 1.7 miles each way
• Medium difficulty | Elevation gain nominal
• Merrimack Region | Hopkinton & Concord NH
Driving Directions

The long straight rail trail through Mast Yard State Forest.

Part of the former Concord to Claremont line, and due to be a section of the Concord to Lake Sunapee Rail Trail this section of the line located on the boundary of Hopkinton and Concord is a stretch of trail through the quiet woodlands of Mast Yard State Forest.

Parking is only available at the East end of the trail by the Horse Hill Road trailhead. The trail heads West across a long bailey bridge spanning the Contoocook River thanks to its use of the old railroad bridge piers. Then it's under a wide power line corridoor followed by a straight shot towards Rattlesnake Hill. The trail terminates at the West, before Penacook Road due to restrictions across private property.

The neighboring riverside trail is a charming little single track trail which can be easily incorporated to make a much better looping route than the otherwise straight out-and-back. Check out the Riverside Loop on our Mast Yard State Forest trail review. We found it to be fun non-technical mountain bike route, with a couple of small hills that we walked our bikes up. Note that the riverside trail can be difficult to find from the West side thanks to a mess of logging trails.

Trailspotting has a guide to all publicly accessible sections of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail project linked at the bottom of this page. A further rail trail can be found off this route, about 1 mile West of Contoocook Village and around 5 miles West of the parking area for this trail - the West Hopkinton Rail Trail - which continues towards Henniker, Hillsborough and then Peterborough.

Trail Conditions:
Grassy, compacted hardpack recommended for mountain bikes and rugged bicycles. Elevation gain is negligible at around 20ft/mile descending Westward.

The NH Heroes River Crossing spanning the Contoocook.

The little folding bike we use to power along trails.

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Rough, Access, Historic.

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• Mast Yard RT | 3★ | 1.7 mi each way | GPX | AllTrails

• Trailspotting NH: Guide to the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail
• Trailspotting NH: Railtrail Map | Railtrail Articles
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This trail is part of the Concord Lake Sunapee Rail Trail (CLSRT) project to link Concord and Lake Sunapee with a rail trail. See the CLSRT website to find out how you can help. Trailspotting's CLSRT articles are located here.

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