Walking 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 ...
  • Appel Way Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Black Pond Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Common Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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: 8.1 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, ...
  • Dover Community Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • East Branch and Zealand Valley Railroad Hike

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    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, ...
  • 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. ...
  • Franconia Brook Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    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 ...
  • Goffstown Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Guinea Pond and Flat Mountain Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 11.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • Heritage Trail (Manchester)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Hooksett Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1.75 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    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 ...
  • Jonathan Daniels Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Keene Industrial Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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.
  • Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface:

    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

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    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 ...
  • Londonderry Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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, one mile is paved and open, offering beautiful woodland ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nanamocomuck Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    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 ...
  • Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park)

    State: NH
    Length: 6.05 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    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 ...
  • Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • New Boston Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • Northern Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 58 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Oliverian Brook Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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. ...
  • Piscataquog Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rob Brook Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    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.
  • 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 ...
  • Rocky Branch Trail (NH)

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    From the National Forest Service: Rocky Branch Trail was severely damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. The trail is currently closed from the end of Rocky Branch Road (Jericho Road) to Rocky Branch Shelter #2. Repairs will be made to reopen ...
  • Sawyer River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Sand

    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 ...
  • South Manchester Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 0.89 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Trestle Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The trestle trail is part of a network of rail-trails converted from and old logging railroad in the White Mountains. It is close to the Zealand Trail, the Sugarloaf Trail, and the Hale Brook Trail.
  • 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 ...
  • WOW Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • 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.
  • Wild River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Most of the Wild River Trail falls within the Wild River Wilderness and is off-limits to bikes. At it's southern end, the trail meets the Wildcat River Trail, near Bog Brook. From here, you can bike or hike about 2 to 3 miles before reaching ...
  • 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.