Winnipesaukee River Trail

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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 bridge—believed to be the nation's only one—listed 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 and Trail Access

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.


pretty good

   October, 2015 by rlaroche

The first portion of the trail was scenic and very enjoyable. The half of the trail that cut through the town was difficult to follow due to poor trail labeling. read more

Needs police patrol

   September, 2015 by yakbikehike

This is a great bike trail but it needs to be patrolled by the police. For several years there was a registered sex offender who spent most of the day at the picnic table at the trail head in Franklin. Very creepy and intimidating for women using the more

Fun Trail

   August, 2015 by jvalliere

It was a nice trail to walk with my dog. WE found a place to park along the main road, with a sign and sort of entrance onto the railtrail. We walked a couple miles past some ponds and along the river. I liked the old bridges and reminders of the railroad more