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.


loved it.

   October, 2015 by ihaveanidea

Did it in the summer and it was fantastic. It seems to continue into mass but I didn't try going further. read more

One of my favorites

   September, 2014 by soundmannh

I mountain biked this trail in early September from Jaffrey down into Winchendon MA. The scenery was spectacular. There were enough other cool things to discover to keep the ride really interesting. Bridges, stone markers, a quarry along the way, and more

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 more