Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

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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 is a break in the trail through the town of Keene, and heading north, you can pick up the trail again at Island Street. The trail is used by hikers, mountain bikers (road bikes would have a tough time), snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and equestrians. In addition, you might see dog sleds in winter.

The trail travels through some beautiful New Hampshire scenery, including Rockwood Pond, a nice place to swim in summer. It also passes through some charming towns, such as Troy, where you'll find an old railroad depot, and Fitzwilliam, where you'll find the Depot General Store in Fitzwilliam Village.

Parking and Trail Access

Near the southern end of the trail, parking is available in the town of Fitzwilliam across from the State Line Store on Route 12.

Reviews

   August, 2014 by david.pringle.750

Actually I found this trail connects all the way down to Gardner, MA. by the Pearly Brook Reservoir (gate on Green Street entrance). The trail goes by Pearly and then crosses route 140. The trail is then paved along route 140 and then turns into unpaved ...read more

Gardner to Troy

   August, 2014 by david.pringle.750

Rode this trail from Gardner SF to Troy, NH. It's a little hard finding the trail in downtown Winchendon, but once I found the trail again it was pretty consistent. The Winchendon trail is paved from the route 202/12 junction and runs into downtown,take ...read more

State Line to Troy

   May, 2014 by amchiker

I live in Fitzwilliam, so I thought I would provide a current status on this trail. It is too bad that this rail trail is in such sad shape as this would be one of the premier trails in the state. Much of the section in Fitzwilliam is very remote and ...read more