Windham Rail Trail

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The Windham Rail-Trail occupies a scenic stretch of abandoned rail ( Manchester and Lawrence) between Range Road (at Rockingham Rd.) in Salem and Windham Road, about 4 miles to the northwest. At Windham Road, the trail becomes the Derry Rail Trail and continues for nearly another 4 miles.

The Windham Rail-Trail passes by farm pastures, orchards, ponds and marshes through a corridor of trees. Two notable railroad bridges are also found along the trail; one is a keystone archway built from New Hampshire granite in 1849. The trail also has stone-cut ledges—offering relief from the summer heat and sporting multi-colored ice flows during winter.

Wildlife is abundant along the trail. Watch for deer, moose, owls, turtles, herrons and beavers, as well as many species of duck and geese.

In addition to the old stone walls along the trail, you'll find a cellar hole from an 19th-century sawmill. And the Windham Depot buildings and surrounding property have been designated a historic district by the town of Windham. The depot has been restored as has a beautiful Boston and Maine caboose (C16), which you'll find here.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Windham trailhead, take Interstate 93 to Exit 3 and head west on State Route 111 toward Windham. After about 1 mile, turn right on North Lowell Road. Just beyond the Interstate underpass, bear right where North Lowell intersects with Depot Road. Park at the restored Windham Depot, about 150 yards up on the right at the caboose. NOTE: Parking is prohibited at Windham Depot (Derry Rail Trail end) from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise and is strictly enforced.

Reviews

Lots of people

   September, 2014 by yo8495

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People that use this trail should know the rules of the trail

   August, 2014 by ritazolubos

My husband and I bike this trail and Derry rail trail 3 - 4 times a week. Maybe because this is a "newer" trail, but, I'd say that 25% of the people that use this trail don't understand the rules of the trail. Between the families walking completely across ...read more

Short but nice ride

   July, 2014 by genek

I rode the Windham and Derry trails this week for the first time. The Windham trail is a great ride through the woods and swamps for about three miles from the Windham Depot parking lot. Unfortunately, it looks like the last mile of the trail past the ...read more