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 surface. There is an approximately 1/2 mile section that has a finished surface. It starts where the trail crosses Moose Club Park Road, N43º00'06" W71º30'37". It goes eastward toward Manchester. The finished surface currently ends at N42º59'51" W71º30'03". Part of this year's RTP grant project is to finish the last 200 yards to the Manchester city line.
There is another 1/4 mile segment that also has a finished surface. It runs from the eastern arm of Shirley Park Road eastward to a private driveway, though trail users can easily continue on for another 3/10 mile to Mast Road. This finished segment is between N43º00'53" W71º34'52" to N43º00'51" W71º34'36".
Most of the remaining trail is passable by foot and mountain bike. The only signage so far is at some of the road crossings, so the trail is confusing to follow in a few spots.
When completed, the Goffstown Rail Trail will provide a connection from Main Street in the Goffstown Village area to Manchester's Piscataquog Trail. Once Manchester rehabilitates the trestle across the Piscataquog River (expected in 2010), the connection between Goffstown and Manchester will be complete.
More information on the trail can be found at www.GoffstownRailTrail.org.
Parking and Trail Access
At this early stage, the only formal parking for trail access is at the Goffstown Parks & Recreation building on Mast Road.
I found parking for this trail off Pinard Street directly behind the apartment complex which is across the street from the former St. Edmond's Church, which is now Shiloh Church. When you enter apartment complex, it looks as though you're on their property, ...
Goffstown Rail Trail
Over the spring & summer I have biked the section from Shirley Park Rd to the Manchester line. The sections that are done are level & a very nice ride. There are two areas where you have to cross Route 114, which can be tricky depending on the time of ...