Horseback Riding Trails in New Hampshire

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  • Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 19 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    The Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is open to ATVs and snowmobiles. The trail is rough is many places, making for even difficult mountain biking in some segments. Trail users will find diversions in the charming town of Bath (particularly the covered ...
  • Ashuelot Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 21.2 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    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, ...
  • Blackmount Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips

    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 ...
  • Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 32.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Conway Branch

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    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 ...
  • Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 7.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Derry Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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, ...
  • Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    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.
  • Fort Hill Branch Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    At the southern end of the trail a large parking lot at Dole Junction is maintained by the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails. This parking lot also serves as the southern terminus of the Ashuelot Rail Trail that proceeds 21 miles north to Keene. ...
  • Granite Town Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 7.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    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. ...
  • Mason Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    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 ...
  • Nashua River Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA, NH
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Nashua River Rail Trail is a beautiful and peaceful rural trail extending through the Massachusetts communities of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail continues into New Hampshire just south of the town of Nashua. In autumn ...
  • Northern Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 55.6 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone

    At 56 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 bike able on hybrids or mountain ...
  • Pisgah State Park Reservoir Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • Presidential Range Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder

    This 18-mile Presidential Range Trail runs between Cherry Pond, a great bird-watching venue, and Gorham. The trail skirts the Presidential Range along the edge of the White Mountain National Forest and passes through Silvio O. Conte National ...
  • Ramblin Vewe Farm Trails

    State: NH
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • Rockingham Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 26.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Stevens Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    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, ...
  • Sugar River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 9.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Sand

    Also known as the Sugar River Recreational Trail, this picturesque 9.8-mile path stretches from Newport to Claremont along the banks of the Sugar River. Wildlife is abundant amid the secluded woodlands. Stay alert to spot deer, rabbit, beaver, ...
  • Upper Coos Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder

    The rails and ties are still in place along this trail. It is overgrown in the summer making any use other than walking impossible. During the winter with snow cover the trail is used by snowmobiles and cross country skiers. Over much of its ...
  • Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 10.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • West Milan Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The West Milan Trail follows a portion of the Upper Ammonoosuc River along State Route 110 northwest of Berlin. The mult-use trail is relatively flat and follows a scenic mountain valley corridor.
  • Windham Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Winnipesaukee River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    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 ...
  • York Pond Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The York Pond Trail begins at the Berlin Fish Hatchery (just past the locked gate), going through a notch in the Mountains to the south and west to Bunnell Brook. The trail leads to Willard Notch, crossing the Kilkenny Ridge Trail.