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

Great and needs to expanned

   June, 2015 by repro

Our third visit was enjoyable as the first. Fun and adventure of the ride was enjoyed by all. All areas are easy to ride for all ages. We did notice a huge increase of walkers but still enjoyable and friendly to all. One suggestion would be to increase ...read more

Windham Rail Trail

   May, 2015 by donclark

This is a great trail for the entire family. Very scenic and well paved. Pretty much what others have said. With regard to the dog poop, it is the responsibility of the dog owner to pick it up and remove it, not a volunteer worker. No exceptions. If ...read more

awesome trail!

   April, 2015 by tammy.wilson.7796

I love this trail! I just moved to Windham and discovered this trail and love walking my two dogs on it. My only complaint is that there are no trash barrels or anything to throw your "picked up" dog waste in. If you're like me and you walk the entire ...read more