The Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail starts from an interesting landmark: a Redstone missile brought to Warren by a resident who served in the Army in Alabama in 1970. He found some obsolete missiles in a field and arranged with the Army to transport one back to Warren, aiming to bring something of America's thriving (and far-removed) space program closer to local youth. Placed in the town center in 1971, it remains a prominent fixture.
The rail-trail (a.k.a. the Jesse E. Bushaw Memorial Trail or New Hampshire Snowmobile Corridor No. 5) is a pleasant and picturesque 9.4-mile multipurpose route. The hard-packed dirt surface is generally wide, smooth and flat, and motorized use is permitted, making it popular among ATV riders in summer and snowmobilers in winter. The trail also welcomes walkers, bikers, equestrians and anglers eager to try their luck in trailside brooks and ponds.
While most of the route is straight with few technical obstacles, between miles 6 and 7, the trail dips and climbs steeply as it diverges from the rail bed to follow State Route 25. Where it rejoins the corridor, the route again runs straight and flat. Around mile 8, just after you pass the concrete cubes protecting this section of the trail from motorized use, you'll enter the Oliverian Valley Wildlife Preserve's Habitat Management Demonstration Area. Viewing platforms on both sides of the path help you keep an eye out for birds and other wildlife.
In the final mile, the trail passes under power lines, swings to the right and crosses a brook. You'll emerge on State Route 25 in East Haverhill between the Oliverian Valley Campground and a baseball field. This trailhead is difficult to find, so begin your journey in Warren.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Warren trailhead, take Interstate 93 to Exit 26 and follow State Route 25 west about 20 miles to Warren. In Warren, head toward the Redstone missile prominently displayed in the town center. The Warren E. Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail begins along the dirt road that leads into the woods directly behind the missile.
January 2013, I parked at the AT parking lot in Glencliff on Rt 25. From there to the Missile in Warren was 5 miles. The ski in both directions was quite enjoyable.
Warren to E Haverhill Rail Trail
Did this trail on April 27, 2013 on a hybrid bike with knobby 38c tires. I had a great time, but it presented some challenges. From E Haverhill to Warren, the direction I traveled the trail, it is basically downhill. Within the first 10 minutes I had ...
Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail
I did this trail in pieces several days in early August 2010 to scout it out completely. There are eight places to join this interesting and variable 11 mile trail along N.H. Rt. 25. 1. At the town park and Redstone Missile in Warren. The trail also continues ...