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Appel Way Trail

1.3 miles
Appel Way Trail offers a paved route of about a mile through woodlands on the north end of Keene. Most notably, it offers a connection between Wheelock Park on the trail's west end and Ashuelot River Park on its east end. It also links to the ...
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Ashuelot Rail-Trail

21.2 miles
Given its covered bridges, historical aura and abundant wildlife, the Ashuelot Rail-Trail (a.k.a. Ashuelot River Trail) has plenty to offer. The 21.2-mile route follows the corridor of the Ashuelot Railroad, which operated from 1851 to 1983, ...
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Black Pond Trail

0.8 miles
The Black Pond Trail itself is short but it can be linked with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just northeast of Lincoln. Specifically, the Black Pond Trail makes a nice loop when combined with ...
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Blackmount Rail Trail

5 miles
In Woodsville the trail starts across from the Subway Restaurant across from the the Oceans Job Lot Store and next to the Woodsville Machine Shop and YES Yankee Electrical Supply up and down a short gravel road. In some places the rails are ...
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Bobby Woodman Rail Trail

1.7 miles
The Bobby Woodman Rail Trail, a hard-packed dirt and gravel pathway, begins off a quiet street at the southern end of Claremont and quickly dives under pleasant tree cover. After about a half mile, the rail-trail approaches Monadnock Park, a ...
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Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.8 miles
The Cheshire Rail Trail stretches for nearly 33 miles between Route 12 near Bookseller Road and the New Hampshire–Massachusetts state line at Route 12. In Keene, the trail includes a beautiful stone arch bridge over the Ashuelot River. There ...
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Common Pathway

6.5 miles
Common Pathway runs for nearly 7 miles from the south end of Peterborough north to Hancock. The trail is a combination of asphalt and gravel and follows an old railroad right-of-way along the Contoocook River. Begin the trail just south of ...
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Conway Branch

21 miles
The Conway Branch trail runs for 21 miles along an old rail corridor between State Route 113 in Conway and Polly's Crossing in Ossipee. The trail is popular with snowmobiles and rail car clubs; the tracks are active between Silver Lake and Boulder ...
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Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

8.1 miles
On the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire, Wolfeboro bills itself as "America's Oldest Summer Resort." Vacationers have been escaping to this quaint village since passenger rail service began in 1872. By the early 1900s, seven ...
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Cross Vermont Trail

30 miles
The Cross Vermont Trail (CVT) is a statewide route that links a number of Vermont trails and includes on-road sections. As of spring 2012, 30 miles of trail are built and scattered across the state. Each of these trails are listed below and ...
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Derry Rail Trail

3 miles
Stretching 3 miles north from Windham through woodlands to Derry, the Derry Rail Trail runs on the same former rail bed network on which the Rockingham Recreational Trail is built. This section of trail, which extends from the Windham Rail Trail, ...
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Dover Community Trail

3.8 miles
Dover Community Trail, which will one day stretch 8 miles along the former Newington Branch Railway, is currently half-way complete. It begins at Fisher Street and heads north, connecting residents in Dover’s southern neighborhoods with the ...
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East Branch Trail (VT)

5.1 miles
The East Branch Trail is a 5-mile ungroomed, backcountry pathway built on a former logging railroad bed in southern Vermont's Windham County. The remote, heavily wooded trail lies just north of the Searsburg Reservoir and Deerfield River in ...
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East Branch and Zealand Valley Railroad Hike

18 miles
Are you looking for a multi-day hike on beautiful rail-trails through pristine wilderness of the White Mountains? Look no further. At midpoint, the nearest road is 7 miles in either direction. Because of its isolation, this hike offers a quiet, ...
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Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

6 miles
The Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail runs for 6 miles between the towns of Rochester and Farmington. The trail parallels the Cocheco River and State Route 11 through a wooded corridor. The trail is popular with snowmobiles in winter.
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Franconia Brook Trail

7.2 miles
The Franconia Brook Trail runs from just north of the confluence of the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and Franconia Branch. Note that bicycling is not permitted along the route. You can combine the trail with other trails that run through ...
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Franconia Notch Recreation Path

8.8 miles
The Franconia Notch Recreation Path travels 8-miles south to north from the Franconia Notch State Park to Skookumchuck & Rt. US 3. The trail is located within the White Mountain National Forest and travelers will enjoy great mountain scenery. ...
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Goffstown Rail Trail

5.5 miles
The Goffstown Rail Trail is in the early stages of development. There are some obstacles, such as missing bridges and potentially hazardous crossings of a state highway. Only a couple of small portions have been upgraded to the intended gravel ...
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Granite Town Rail-Trail

3 miles
Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a concrete span over Great Brook. Mile 0.66 ...
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Guinea Pond and Flat Mountain Trails

11.5 miles
These connecting trails follow the bed of the old Beebe River Railroad up to Flat Mountain Pond, a large, remote pool high in the Sandwich Range Wilderness. This is a great trip for advanced mountain bikers; novice/intermediate bikers should ...
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Heritage Trail (Manchester)

0.9 miles
The Heritage Trail is managed by the state of New Hampshire to provide access to recreational and historical attractions across the state. Eventually, the north-south route along the former Boston and Maine Railroad corridor will stretch more ...
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Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 miles
Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail connects three communities in south-central New Hampshire: Hillsborough, Deering, and Bennington. The unpaved trail winds along the Contoocook River through rural and wooded landscapes for nearly 8 miles. ...
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Hooksett Rail Trail

1.75 miles
Hooksett Rail-Trail follows a portion of a right-of-way of the Portsmouth & Concord Railroad. This section of the railroad was abandoned in 1862, leaving behind an attractive corridor for the trail. The trail provides access to Heads Pond and ...
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Jonathan Daniels Trail

0.9 miles
Jonathan Daniels Trail travels the length of Ashuelot River Park through Keene. Along the stone-dust trail, you can enjoy the park’s beautiful natural backdrop and flower garden. The trail was named for a Keene native who was killed during the ...
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Keene Industrial Heritage Trail

1 miles
The Keene Industrial Trail links the county's Cheshire Rail-Trail in the city of Keene. The paved path is a 1-mile segment through downtown Keene, which passes among some of the city's old mill works.
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Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

5.3 miles
The Town of Belmont has been notified that it will receive $282,720 in federal dollars for the construction of the first phase of the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail. The Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail will be approximately five miles in length from ...

Lincoln Woods Trail

2.7 miles
The Lincoln Woods Trail runs for 2.6 miles along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River. You can combine the trail with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just northeast of Lincoln, including ...
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Londonderry Rail Trail

1.7 miles
Londonderry Rail Trail will one day stretch 6 miles across Londonderry from Derry to Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, along the former Manchester and Lawrence Railroad. Currently, 1.7 miles are paved and open, offering beautiful woodland ...
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Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 miles
The Mason Railroad Trail runs for nearly 7 miles from near the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border (nr. Townsend, MA) to Greenville, NH. The trail follows a heavily wooded corridor through Russell State Forest and Coyne Wildlife Sanctuary. There's ...
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Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

7.2 miles
The scenic Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail travels for just over 7 miles from Webster Street in Jaffrey near the ball field to the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border. From Jaffrey to Rindge the trail is packed gravel, except for a paved section ...
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Nanamocomuck Trail

12 miles
The Upper and Lower Nanamocomuck Trails in White Mountain National Forest are accessible from Kancamagus Highway (SR 112) west of Conway. The trails are open for hiking in summer and cross-country skiing (ungroomed) in winter. The lower trails ...
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Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park)

6.05 miles
The Nashua Canal Trail is part of a series of loop trails in Mine Falls Park, Nashua. A total of 6 miles of trails wind along the canal and river in this beautiful, wooded park. Only 1.2 miles of trail are paved, while the rest are hard-packed ...
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Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail

1.3 miles
The Nashua Heritage Rail Trail begins adjacent to City Hall on Main Street in downtown Nashua. It is a short trail that takes you through one of the first neighborhoods that was planned and built in conjunction with the creation of the textile ...
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New Boston Rail Trail

4.5 miles
The 4 ½ mile New Boston Rail Trail is an enticingly beautiful former Boston & Maine rail line running from approximately route 114 at the New Boston/Goffstown border to the center of New Boston. There it culminates at the Hillsborough County ...
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Northern Rail Trail

58 miles
At 58 miles, the Northern Rail Trail spans Grafton and Merrimack counties and is the longest rail-trail in New Hampshire. The surface is cinder ballast in Grafton and 3/8” stone dust in Merrimack; both easily bikeable on hybrids or mountain ...
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Oliverian Brook Trail

3.5 miles
The Oliverian Brook Trail follows the course of Oliverian Brook through the dense forest of White Mountain National Forest. The trail, open to cross-country skiing in winter, heads toward Passaconaway Cutoff, 1.9 miles, near the base of Mt. ...
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Peanut Trail

1.5 miles
The Peanut Trial is a distinct trail in the town of Newton that spans one-mile. This rail-trail runs on the same corridor as the Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. However, due to a controversial lawsuit by land owners, this segment is separate and ...
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Piscataquog Trail

2.1 miles
The Piscataquog Trail runs for 2 miles between the east bank of the Merrimack River and Pinard Street at Electric Street. On the east end, the trail begins near the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball stadium along an abandoned right-of-way of ...
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Pisgah State Park Reservoir Trail

5 miles
Pisgah State Park includes over 13,300 acres of rough forested terrain, encompassing a complete watershed north of the Ashuelot River. Within the Cheshire County towns of Winchester, Chesterfield and Hinsdale, the park protects seven ponds (popular ...
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Ramblin Vewe Farm Trails

5 miles
The Ramblin' Vewe Farm Trails are part of the Ramblin' Vewe Farm Trust property, a non-profit organization that protects and preserves the farm, while conserving the heritage of working farms and rural landscapes. Part of their mission is to ...
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Rob Brook Trail

2 miles
The Rob Brook Trail is mostly flat, following the bottomlands of its namesake creek through the White Mountains National Forest. The trail is open to mountain biking and hiking, with cross-country skiing in winter.
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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Fremont Branch)

16.5 miles
The Fremont Branch of the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail follows a diagonal, 16.5-mile path from Windham to Epping in the southeastern corner of New Hampshire. As the trail is unpaved (dirt with areas of heavy sand), it’s best suited for ...
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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

26.5 miles
New Hampshire's largest city, Manchester, boasts relatively quick access to one of the state's longest rail-trails: the 26.5-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail (a.k.a. Portsmouth Branch). The rustic trail is rich in railroad structures left ...
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Sanford Railroad Trail

4.8 miles
The Sanford Railroad Trail goes by two other names: the Deering Pond Trail or just plain "Railroad Trail." The trail runs for nearly 5 miles between the town of Lebanon and the University of Southern Maine in Sanford. The trail is popular with ...
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Sawyer River Trail

7.5 miles
The Sawyer River Trail offers a memorable 7.5-mile journey through a pristine mountain valley. Following the old Sawyer River Railroad logging line, the trail is popular with mountain bikers, and hikers for its combination of challenging single-track ...
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South Manchester Rail Trail

0.89 miles
The South Manchester Rail Trail is a proposed bike/pedestrian path that would connect the downtown Millyard area of Manchester to the Town on Londonderry. The South Manchester Rail Trail will utilize the Right-of-Way (ROW) of the abandoned Boston ...
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Stevens Rail Trail

1.3 miles
About a dozen miles west of Concord, the Stevens Rail Trail offers a quiet, wooded route along the former Concord-Claremont rail line in Contoocook Village. It starts off Krzyzaniak Road and continues for just over a mile, unpaved and scenic, ...
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Sugar River Trail

9.8 miles
Also known as the Sugar River Recreational Trail, this picturesque 9.8-mile path stretches from Newport to the southeastern edge of Claremont along the banks of the Sugar River. To reach Claremont proper, you can seamlessly connect to the Bobby ...
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Toonerville Rail-Trail

3.1 miles
The Toonerville Rail-Trail (a.k.a. Springfield Greenway) spans 3 meticulously maintained miles from the downtown business district of Springfield southeast to the western bank of the Connecticut River at the Vermont–New Hampshire border. The ...
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Valley Trail

0.8 miles
The scenic Valley Trail currently runs nearly a mile through West Dover in southern Vermont on the outskirts of the Green Mountain National Forest. Plans call for continuing the trail further north to the Mount Snow Ski Area and south to Wilmington, ...
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WOW Trail

1.3 miles
The WOW Trail will one day stretch more than 9 miles in central New Hampshire along the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Its acronym comes from three regional lakes, which will be seen from the pathway: Winnisquam, Opechee, and Winnipesaukee. The ...
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Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail

10.7 miles
The Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail starts from an interesting landmark: a Redstone missile brought to Warren by a resident who served in the Army in Alabama in 1970. He found some obsolete missiles in a field and arranged with ...
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Windham Rail Trail

4.1 miles
The Windham Rail-Trail occupies a scenic stretch of abandoned rail ( Manchester and Lawrence) between Range Road (at Rockingham Rd.) in Salem and Windham Road, about 4 miles to the northwest. At Windham Road, the trail becomes the Derry Rail ...
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Winnipesaukee River Trail

5.1 miles
The Winnipesaukee River Trail courses along its namesake river, connecting the towns of Franklin and Tilton-Northfield. The trail passes through an unusual upside-down covered bridge—believed to be the nation's only one—listed on the National ...
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