The Winnipesaukee River Trail courses along its namesake river, connecting the towns of Franklin and Tilton-Northfield. The trail passes through an unusual upside-down covered bridgebelieved to be the nation's only onelisted on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historic sites along the trail include mill and dams ruins, which attest to the milling history of the area.
As of August 2011, the western segment of the trail extends from Trestle View Park in downtown Franklin to parking area adjacent to NH 132/Park Street across from Elm Street (near the Hall Memorial Library on NH 132/Park Street) in Northfield. To reach the eastern segment, you have to use Main Street (US 3/SR 11/132) and pick up the trail again near where the road intersects with Grant Street and Morrison Avenue. (There is a temporary link via sidewalk but cyclists should use caution on the busy road.) Head toward the river on Morrison Avenue to find the eastern segment, which runs for about 0.6 mile to SR 140/Tilton Road. This segment of the trail is not yet paved and can be in poor condition.
The two segments will soon be linked and will include a bridge that will empty onto Granite Street in Northfield, with signs guiding you to Elm Street where you can pick up the trail toward Franklin.
If you're a railroad buff, you can visit a collection of antique rail cars in Northfield. If not, you can still pay homage to the rail line without whom this scenic rail-trail may not have been possible.
The Winnipesaukee River Trail is part of a regional trail system that will extend throughout the lakes region of New Hampshire. At the Franklin end of the trail, you can pick up the Northern Rail-Trail Merrimack County
Parking is available off Central Street in Franklin, just south of the river. Parking is also available in Tilton, where Park Street intesects Elm Street.
Started from Franklin and rode to the end near the Tilton McDonalds. The first part was fantastic to look down on the rushing river. Crossed the bridge in Tilton to eat lunch in the park along the river. After that, not comfortable riding along the main ...
Great running trail if you start in Franklin and complete the uphill work initially. Once I arrived in Tilton past the cabooses, I lost the trail. It must follow sidewalks on the north side of Main St.