NH Rail Trails and Bike Paths

Regional Resource & Referral Guide

Great North Woods | Western White Mountains | Mt. Washington Valley | Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee | Lakes Region | Monadnock Region | Concord Area | Manchester/Salem Area | Nashua Area | Seacoast Region | Information Resources

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Great North Woods

Presidential Rail Trail, Jefferson to Gorham 18.3 miles
Highlights: Cherry Pond, Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, views of Presidential Range, Israel & Moose rivers.

Upper Coos Recreational Rail Trail, Colebrook to Beecher Falls 10 miles
Highlights: alongside wild and scenic Connecticut River, active rails used by local rail car club.

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  • Ammonoosuc Rail Trail  (Woodsville to Littleton) 19 miles
  • Profile Rail Trail (Bethlehem) 1.5 miles
  • Warren Rail Trail (Warren to East Haverhill) 10 miles
  • Woodsville (Blackmount) Rail Trail  (Haverhill to Woodsville) 5 miles

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Western White Mountains

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail, Littleton to Woodsville 19.2 miles
Highlights: Ammonoosuc River, 345’ Bath Covered Bridge (1832), Lisbon Depot.

Franconia Notch Recreation Path, Franconia to Lincoln 8.8 miles
Highlights: paved, mountain views, notch, river, forest

Warren Recreational Rail Trail, Warren to East Haverhill, 4 miles
Highlights: 70’ Redstone Missile, Black Brook

Profile Recreational Rail Trail, Bethlehem 1.5 miles
Highlights: goes between Route 3 and Route 302

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Mt. Washington Valley / Conway

Sawyer River Trail / Sawyer River Road, Hart’s Location to Lincoln 7.5 miles
Highlights: forested, old logging road, part singletrack, views

Conway Branch Recreational Rail Trail, Ossipee – Conway, 21 miles
Highlights: active trains, Silver lake

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Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee

Northern Recreational Rail Trail, Lebanon to Boscawen 59.3 miles
Highlights: spans 2 counties, exceptional surface, farm lands, lakes & quaint towns, Mascoma Lake, Enfield Depot, Potter Place Depot, Highland Lake, covered bridge

Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, Newport to Claremont 9.5 miles
Highlights: 2 covered bridges, Sugar River

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  • Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail  (Concord to Newbury) 35 miles  —  Still in planning phase. Completed segments:
    • Stevens Rail Trail (Warner to Hopkinton) 1.3 miles
    • Tilly-Wheeler Rail Trail and Lower Lake Todd segment (Bradford) 1 mile
    • Warner Rail Trail (Warner) 1 mile
    • Fischerville Rd to Carter Hill Rd segment (Concord) 2.5 miles
  • Mascoma River Greenway  (Lebanon) 3 miles
  • Northern Rail Trail  (Boscawen to Lebanon) 58 miles
  • Sugar River Rail Trail (Newport to Claremont) 9.5 miles — Additional segment:
    • Bobby Woodman Rail Trail  (Claremont) 1.7 miles

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Lakes Region

Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Wakefield to Wolfeboro 12 miles
Highlights: exceptional surface, has rails on some parts used by local rail car clubs, Lake Winnipesaukee’s Back Bay, Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake

WOW Trail, Laconia to Belmont 4.25 miles
Highlights: portions on active tracks, views of Lake Opechee, goes through downtown Laconia, Leslie Roberts Beach, connects with Belmont’s Winnisquam Scenic Tail. Plans to connect to regional rail trails.

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail, Belmont 1.8 miles
Highlights: Leslie E Roberts Beach, paved, lake views, Lake Winnisquam

Winnipesaukee River Trail, Franklin to Tilton 5.1 miles
Highlights: Upside Down Covered Bridge, paper mill remains, Winnipesaukee River

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Common Pathway, Peterborough 6.5 miles
Highlights: Contoocook river, old rail bed, sidewalks in town, connects with Old Railroad Trail

Old Railroad Trail, Peterborough 2.7 miles
Highlights: scenic riverside ramble

Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail, North Walpole – Fitzwilliam 42 miles
Highlights: arch bridge over Ashuelot River, break in trail through Keene, charming towns, ride through ravines

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail, Keene to Winchester 21 miles
Highlights: Ashuelot River, Views of Mt Cresson, wetlands, bridges

Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail, Hinsdale 8.9 miles
Highlights: Connecticut River

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail, Mass line – Jaffrey 7.2 miles
Highlights: downtown Peterborough, ponds, wetlands

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail, Hillsborough – Bennington 7.7 miles
Highlights: Railroad Trestles, historic mill sites, Contoocook River

Greenville Recreational Rail Trail, Greenville – Mason 2.2 miles
Highlights: views, small ponds

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  • Harrisville Rail Trail (Harrisville) Segments:
    • Chesham Depot Rail Trail section .5 mile
    • Skatutakee Lake Road & trail section – 1.4 miles
    • East View Trail section – 1.4 miles
    • Jaquith Rail Trail section (Hancock to Harrisville) 1.5 miles
    • New Boston Rail Trail (New Boston) 4 miles

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Northern Rail Trail, Boscawen to Lebanon 57 miles
Highlights: flat, historic villages, lakes, streams, hills

Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail  (Concord to Newbury) 35 miles  —  Still in planning phase. Completed segments:

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  • Merrimack River Greenway  (Pembroke to Boscawen) 12.7 miles — Still in planning phase.
  • Heads Pond Rail Trail (Hooksett) 1.7 miles

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Manchester / Salem

New Boston Rail Trail, New Boston 1.5 miles
Highlights: Piscataguog River

Goffstown Recreational Trail, Goffstown to Manchester 5.5 miles
Highlights: connects to Piscataquog Trail. Runs parallel to Mast Road and Piscataquog River. Glen Lake, Namask Lake.

Piscataquog Trail, Manchester 2.1 miles
Highlights: West side to downtown, links to recreational amenities such as West Side Ice Arena, football, soccer and softball fields. Connects to Goffstown Recreational Trail.

Londonderry Rail Trail, Londonderry 6 miles
Highlights: links to Derry & Manchester Rail Trails, part of Granite State Rail Trail

Derry Rail Trail, Derry 4 miles
Highlights: paved, wetlands, woods, part of Granite State Rail Trail
http://www.derryrailtrail.org | https://www.traillink.com/trail/derry-rail-trail/

Windham Rail Trail, Windham 4.1 miles
Highlights: paved, part of Granite State Rail Trail, connects to Manchester-Lawrence branch trail, wildlife, shaded ledges, pond marshes, wooded

Granite State Rail Trail Salem – Manchester 20 miles
Highlights: Parts still under construction. Encompasses Londonderry, Derry & Manchester rail trails.

Manchester / Lawrence Recreational Rail Trail, Londonderry – Salem – Lawrence, MA 8.7 miles
Highlights: very segmented and much is privately owned, part of Granite State Rail Trail

Head’s Pond Rail Trail, Hooksett 2.7 miles
Highlights: Lakins Pond, Head’s Pond, wildlife

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch), Newfields to Manchester 25.3 miles
Highlights: scenic small towns, forest lands, diverse wetlands, Lake Massabesic, Raymond Depot, Rockingham Depot

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  • Derry Rail Trail  (Derry to Windham) 4 miles
  • Goffstown Rail Trail  (Goffstown to Manchester) 5.5 miles
  • Heritage Trail  (Manchester) 1 mile
  • Londonderry Rail Trail (Londonderry) 4.5 miles
  • Salem Bike-Ped Corridor (Salem to Windham) 5.2 miles
  • South Manchester Rail Trail  (Manchester) 2.4 miles

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Nashua Area

Mine Falls Park, Nashua 8 miles – multiple trails
Highlights: loops Mine Falls park, Oxbow Lake, Mill Pond, Nashua River, Sports fields

Heritage Rail Trail, Nashua
West is complete, East is under construction until 2021

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  • Brookline Rail Trail  (Brookline to Milford)  4.4 miles
  • Granite Town Rail Trail (Milford to Brookline) 3 miles
  • Nashua River Rail Trail (Nashua to Ayer, MA) 12 miles
  • Potanipo Rail Trail (Brookline to Hollis) 6.5 miles
  • Souhegan Valley Rail Trail (Nashua to Wilton) 16 miles – Still in concept phase.

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Seacoast Region

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Fremont Branch), Epping to Windham 18 miles
Highlights: wetlands, quiet forest, historic depots

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch), Newfields to Manchester 25.3 miles
Highlights: scenic small towns, forest lands, diverse wetlands, Lake Massabesic, Raymond Depot, Rockingham Depot

Dover Community Trail, Dover
Highlights: some is completed, some still under construction, Cochecho River, urban

Farmington Recreational Rail Trail, Farmington – Rochester 6 miles
Highlights: parallels the Cocheco River and Route 11

Explore more at the NH Rail Trails Coalition

  • Seabrook Rail Trail  (Seabrook to Hampton) 2.5 miles  –  Still in planning phase.

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The trails listed below include a combination of rail trails and rail trail segments that are currently connected by roadways and paths.

INFORMATION RESOURCES for even more trails

NH State Parks – recreational rail trails

NH DOT Bureau of Rail and Transit

NH Rail Trail Coalition

updated February 2021

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