Referral Guide – Manchester / Salem Area

Granite State Ambassadors
Regional Resource & Referral Guide:

Manchester / Salem Area
Use this document filled with local referrals from Granite State Ambassadors & State Welcome Center attendants as an informational starting point for guest referrals. For business referrals, please reference your local brochures & guides.

Hidden Gems | Covered Bridges | Swimming Holes | Places to Paddle | Hike or Nature Walks | Bike Trails | Picnic Areas | Historical Sites | Other Favorites | Information Resources

Hidden Gems:

Field of Dreams, 48 Geremonty Drive, Salem – playground for all ages, fitness trails.

Hedgehog Park, 55 Lowell Road (Route 38), Salem.

Auburn Audubon Society, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn – On Lake Massabesic, 130 acres of fields, forest, streams, nature center with educational programs.

Bedford Heritage Trail, Moore’s Crossing Road, Bedford – see Bald Eagles nesting along the river, particularly in winter.

Griffin Park, 101 Range Road, Windham – Greenspace, picnic area, playground.

Joppa Hill, Joppa Hill Road, Bedford/Amherst. Conservation land with trails and educational farm.

Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis – Private, non-profit environmental center, open to public. Trails, outdoor classrooms, programs.

Pulpit Rock Conservation Land, 596 New Boston Road, Bedford – visit Bedford’s Pulpit Rock for flora and fauna walk; people have been visiting here since the middle 1800’s.

Muhammed Ali Museum, Merchants Auto Group, 1278 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett – a private collection of all things Ali, including a signed x-ray of his broken jaw; open to the public, but call for information (603) 669-4100.

See Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester – World’s largest mini-figure LEGO model of mill area, circa 1900, when Amoskeag Mills were largest textile manufacturer in the world. 3 million LEGOs on 2200 square feet.

Covered Bridges:

Stowell Road Covered Bridge (aka Merrimack Covered Bridge), Parkhurst and Stowell Road, Merrimack. Two historic covered bridges in Merrimack were destroyed by fire in the late 1960s. In 1990, people still mourned the loss of both covered bridges, and moved to build a new covered bridge. Town employees, on their own time, constructed a covered bridge on Stowell Road in the northwest corner of town, crossing Baboosic Brook from Parkhurst Road and going into Bedford at the site of the old Stowell Mill. The bridge stands today as a memory to the covered-bridge era in Merrimack.

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Swimming Holes:

Hedgehog Park, , 55 Lowell Road (Route 38), Salem – Pets allowed, free parking.

Crystal Lake, off Bodwell and Corning Roads, south end of Manchester – city park, leashed dogs allowed.

Bear Brook State Park, 61 Deerfield Road, Allenstown – largest state park in southern NH, hiking, picnicking, swimming, winter activities.

Clough State Park, 455 Clough Park Road, Weare – park, picnic area, beach, boating.

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Places to Paddle:

Pawtuckaway State Park, off route 156, kayak landing is just past park.
Merrimack , Piscatasquog Rivers

Deer Neck on Massabesic Lake, Londonderry Turnpike, Auburn.

NH Boating Access List:

NH State Parks

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Hike or Nature Walk:

Windham Town Forest, 145 Rockingham Road, Windham –

Windham Rail Trail, 6 Depot Road, Windham – 4.1 miles to Derry.

Field of Dreams, 48 Geremonty Drive, Salem – playground for all ages. (See Hidden Gems.)

Livingston Park, 156 Hooksett Road, Manchester – across from The Puritan Restaurant, great to walk around Dorr’s Pond or picnic.

Lake Massabesic Trails, Auburn

Rock Rimmon Park, 264 Mason Street, Manchester – city park with picnic areas, courts, hiking, rock climbing with great views.

Uncannonic Mountains, Mountain Road, Goffstown – hiking trails, scenic view over region.

Salem Forest Walkway, 48 Shadow Lake Road, Salem –

Derry Rail Trail, Downtown Derry

Manchester Recreational Trails, Manchester – city-maintained trails include bike, hike, walk through variety of settings.

Pulpit Rock Conservation Land, 596 New Boston Road, Bedford – 338 acre parcel with gorge, brook, wetlands, good for birding. (See Curiosity above.)

Purgatory Falls, Dow Road, Mont Vernon/Lyndeborough – Woodland trails to series of cascades.

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Bike Trails:

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 |

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,-portsmouth-bra

Explore more at the NH Rail Trails Coalition

  • 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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Picnic Area Favorites:

Lake Massabesic Park, 16 Londonderry Turnpike, Manchester and Auburn – sites with benches and picnic tables.

Griffin Park, 101 Range Road, Windham – (See Hidden Gems above.)
Livingston Park, 156 Hooksett Road, Manchester – park, picnic, trails. (See Hike above.)

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Historical Sites:

Robert Frost Farm, 122 Rockingham Road (Route 28), Derry – home of poet Robert Frost.

Manchester Millyard Museum and general Millyard area, 200 Bedford St., Manchester – history of Manchester’s waterfront from native peoples to textile manufacturing center.

Apple orchards in the Derry area – some of the oldest in NH

America’s Stonehenge, 105 Haverhill Rd., Salem – “A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, at over 4,000 years old America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States.”

Museum of Family Camping and NH Snowmobile Museum, 157 Deerfield Rd., Allenstown – in Bear Brook State Park.

Taylor Mill Historic Site, 242 Island Pond Rd., Derry – kayaking, hiking, picnic area.

Merci Train, MSGR Gilbert Park, 124 Reed St., Manchester – the Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from individual French citizens who were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York harbor on February 3, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii.

Visit our GSA Merrimack Valley Museum and Heritage Site Page

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Other Favorites:

Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester – world-renown art museum

Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester – Fisher Cats minor league baseball, sporting events, concerts.
SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester – Manchester Monarchs hockey, concerts, sporting events.

Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester – cultural center for live performances.

SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester – Interactive learning center focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.

NH Aviation Museum, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry – Museum dedicated to preserving the history of flight in NH.

NH Institute of Politics, St. Anselm Drive, Manchester/Goffstown – On St. Anselm campus; home to many political debates, presentations, and resources.

Hooksett Dog Park, 101 Merrimack Street, Hooksett – great place to bring your dog with separate area for smaller pooches.

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
54 Hanover Street, Manchester
(603) 792-4100

Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce
29 W. Broadway, Derry
(603) 432-8205

Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce
81 Main Street, Salem

Greater Raymond Chamber of Commerce
58 Main St., Raymond
(603) 895-2254

NH State Welcome Center, I-93 Northbound, Salem

NH State Welcome Center, I-93 Northbound, Hooksett

NH State Welcome Center, I-93 Southbound, Hooksett

May 12, 2020

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