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Rail Trails of New Hampshire

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Trail Reviews:
All New Hampshire rail trail reviews.

Rail Trail List:
Rail Trail Review Length Gain Cond
Amherst
Map 1.9 mi 60, 30 Rough
Ammonoosuc πŸ†
Map, Link
19.1 mi 1010, 700 Rough
Androscoggin Map 3.4 mi 50, 150 Rough
Ashuelot πŸ† Map, Link
23.0 mi 630, 920 OK
Belmont Village Spur Map, Link
1.9 mi 100, 100 OK
Bobby Woodman πŸ†πŸ”— 3★ 1.7 mi 50, 50 Good
Brookline πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 4.5 mi 70, 160 Rough
Brown's Way Map 2.5 mi 230, 140 Rough
Buffler Memorial Map 0.6 mi 82, 30 Rough
Cheshire North πŸ† Map, Link
23.0 mi 1180, 990 OK
Cheshire South πŸ† 4★ 20.3 mi 1170, 760 OK
Colby 3★ 0.7 mi 30, 10 Rough
Cotton Valley πŸ† 5★ 12 mi 350, 290 Good
Derry πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 3.8 mi 110, 100 Good
Dover πŸ† Map, Link
4.1 mi 200, 240 OK
Everett Dam 3★ 2.0 mi 40, 90 OK
Farmington πŸ† 3★
7.2 mi 70, 180 Rough
Fisherville Road πŸ† 4★ 2.5 mi 20, 40 OK
Fort Hill πŸ† Map, Link
6.9 mi 160, 180 Rough
Franconia Notch Map, Link
8.8 mi 560, 938 Good
Goffstown πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 5.6 mi 90, 220 Good
Granite Town πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 2.9 mi 190, 95 OK
Hancock East πŸ† Map, Link
0.5 mi 40, 60 Rough
Hancock West πŸ† Map, Link
1.5 mi 110, 90 Rough
Harrisville Chesham πŸ† Map, Link
0.6 mi 10, 0 Rough
Harrisville Eastview πŸ† Map, Link
1.9 mi 90, 70 Rough
Harrisville Jaquith πŸ† 3★ 2.8 mi 90, 240 OK
Harrisville Skatutakee πŸ† Map, Link
0.3 mi 10, 20 Rough
Heads Pond πŸ† 4★ 1.8 mi 70, 50 Good
Henniker 3★ 2.3 mi 60, 70 OK
Henniker Line 3★ 2.1 mi 60, 50 Rough
Hillsborough πŸ† 4★ 7.4 mi 160, 120 OK
Hooksett Riverwalk 3★ 1.0 mi 10, 10 Good
Lake Winnisquam πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 1.8 mi 60, 30 Good
Lilac City πŸ† 3★ 1.9 mi 20, 20 Rough
Londonderry πŸ† 4★ 4.5 mi 200, 190 Good
Mascoma πŸ† Map, Link
2.3 mi 180, 90 OK
Mason-Greenville πŸ† 4★ 8.6 mi 50, 50 OK
Mast Yard 3★ 1.7 mi 20, 40 OK
Monadnock πŸ† 4★ 8.9 mi 230, 200 OK
Nashua Heritage πŸ† Map, Link
1.3 mi 0, 40 Good
Nashua River πŸ†πŸ”— Map, Link
1.0 mi 390, 350 Good
New Boston πŸ† 4★ 4.8 mi 180, 70 Good
Northern πŸ† Map, Link
57.4 mi 2720, 3040 Good
Peanut 3★ 1.4 mi 40, 30 OK
Peterborough πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 8.5 mi 260, 220 Good
Piscataquog πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 2.0 mi 70, 110 Good
Potanipo πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 3.5 mi 62, 110 OK
Presidential πŸ† Map, Link
20.3 mi 710, 1030 OK
Profile πŸ† Map, Link
2.1 mi 160, 30 Rough
Rockingham-Fremont πŸ† Map, Link
18.0 mi 310, 480 Rough
Rockingham-Portsmouth πŸ† Map 27.9 mi 960, 1210 OK
Roxbury Map 1.9 mi 140, 30 Rough
Salem πŸ†πŸ”— Map, Link
5.0 mi 40, 140 Good
Sargeant Station Rd 3★ 0.9 mi 20, 30 OK
Seacoast Greenway πŸ”— 4★ 11.6 mi 140, 170 OK
South Manchester πŸ† 3★ 1.6 mi 50, 50 OK
Stevens πŸ† 3★ 2.2 mi 30, 50 Good
Sugar River πŸ†πŸ”— 5★ 9.3 mi 470, 250 OK
Tilly Wheeler 3★ 0.6 mi 20, 30 OK
Upper Coos πŸ† Map, Link
9.0 mi 150, 240 Rough
Warner πŸ† 3★ 0.3 mi 0, 10 Good
Warner Bagley Field 3★ 0.7 mi 20, 20 OK
Warren πŸ† Map, Link
10.8 mi 750, 760 Rough
West Hopkinton 3★ 2.3 mi 50, 50 Rough
Windham πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 4.1 mi 50, 170 Good
Windham Greenway 3★ 2.6 mi 130, 20 Rough
Winnipesaukee River πŸ† 4★ 4.9 mi 270, 130 OK
WoodsvilleπŸ† Map 3.7 mi 110, 70 Rough
WOW πŸ†πŸ”— 4★ 2.4 mi 120, 110 Good

Good - Asphalt or hardpack trail conditions
OK - Occasionally rough surface
Rough - Hiking & mountain/rugged bikes
Gain - Elevation gain (ft) moving West to East or North to South. Second number is return gain.
πŸ† - NH Rail Trail Challenge (see below)


Connecting Trails:
πŸ”— Bobby Woodman + Sugar River = 11.5 mi
πŸ”— Derry + Windham + Salem = 13.0 mi
πŸ”— Granite + Brookline + Potanipo = 11.3 mi
πŸ”— Goffstown + Piscataquog = 7.6 mi
πŸ”— Lake Winnisquam + WOW = 4.2 mi
πŸ”— Seacoast Greenway South + Old Eastern Marsh (MA) = 5.1 mi
πŸ”— Nashua River + Massachusetts = 12.2 mi

Flat and wide trails criss-cross the state through woodland, past ponds, along rivers, over historic bridges and between charming small towns. Often separated from road traffic by miles, these routes once carried steam trains but now offer tranquility and a way to explore New England like never before.

We're on a mission to explore and review every rail trail featured on our map, where we provide detailed information on each route including mapping and photography. Check out our latest rail trail reviews here. Our rail trail maps are a combination of desktop research and fieldwork. Be aware that information on any rail trails that we've not yet reviewed should be regarded as approximate and subject to clarification. Follow Trailspotting to be notified as we continue to review New England's rail trails.

Tangents:
New Hampshire Rail Trail Challenge On our list above we identify the trails that are part of the New Hampshire Rail Trails Coalition's Rail Trail Challenge. Complete the full challenge to get a patch and bragging rights.
New Hampshire Rail Trails Book by Charles F Martin is an excellent authority on this subject and goes into more historical details than Trailspotting ever will. The book has recently been given away free with NHRTC membership as shown in the link.
The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail travels along river valleys and through the White Mountains on rail trails, dirt roads, bike paths and quiet paved roads all the way across the state.

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