Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

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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 at the start in Jaffrey. The trail includes signage and beautiful views of ponds and wetlands. From Rindge toward Massachusetts the trail is still undeveloped and is mostly packed gravel and sand, with some railroad ties still in place.

Locally, the trail is also known as the Jack Dupree Memorial Trail and the Rindge Rail Trail. The trail follows the old right-of-way of the Monadnock Railroad, an extension of the Fitchburg Railroad/Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad. The line served New Hampshire towns on the east side of Mount Monadnock, mainly Jaffrey and Peterborough.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the Jaffrey end, from the junction of Routes 124 & 202 in Jaffrey, head north on Route 202. Turn right on Webster Street and park next to the trailhead by Legion Field.

To access the Rindge end, from the junction of Routes 119 & 202, head south on Route 202. The parking lot (complete with map board) is on the left where the trail crosses Route 202.

Reviews

There's a reason...

   June, 2014 by gregorj56

that this is rumored to be the 2nd most traversed range in the world [after Mt. Fuji if you're curious]. This is a short (roughly 2 hours) yet steep hike that offers well worn trails, some shade but enough sun to get some color, beautiful views of the ...read more

Jaffrey NH to Gardner, Ma

   August, 2013 by lounh_adelphia1

We have ridden this trail several times this summer. Yes it starts out paved, but that surface ends quickly. BTW, we have done this whole trail on our road bikes, but easier with mt bikes. We started off in Jaffrey at the Lab and Larger then rode through ...read more

June 29 2013

   June, 2013 by ronahue

Started in Jaffrey pavement for .4 miles then hard packed gravel and cinder until 3.8 miles at this point the trail deteriorates railroad ties have not been removed and a pile of firewood was dumped in the middle of the trail. I got the feeling the homeowner ...read more