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.

Reviews

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 ...read more

Not maintained, poor signage

   August, 2015 by ekeane

Overgrown, spent 1mile on a VERY Main Street... Not ideal with kids (we had them in tow). Poor parking & signage- we parked at the days inn because there were tons of signs says "parking for mcdonalds customers only". Had we not stopped at the intersection ...read more

A Really Beautiful Walk

   December, 2014 by capll

This trail was amazing to walk during the fall foliage season. It's a pretty even walk the whole way. With the river rushing alongside, the remains of all the old mill buildings, the old Upside-Down Covered Bridge... I only wish it was here when I ...read more