The scenic Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail travels for just over 7 miles from Webster Street in Jaffrey near the ball field to the New HampshireMassachusetts 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.
Jaffrey NH to Gardner, Ma
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 ...
June 29 2013
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 ...
Cool trail but not paved and not for road bikes
The trail description states that the trail is paved from Jaffrey to Rindge and so I thought I could jump on and ride the leg from Rindge to Jaffrey which came at about mile 70 of a 100 mile ride. So I found the trail off Rt 202 and headed North. However ...