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Explore the best rated trails in Newport, NH, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Appel Way Trail and Common Pathway . With more than 46 trails covering 324 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Sugar River Trail

amazing Trail

April, 2024 by nariipr

We had a great time on this trail, which was easy to navigate. It was our first outing this season since we acquired an ATV for my wife and we enjoyed spending time together while exploring nature. We encountered people walking their dogs and bikers along the way. The trail was well-maintained and clean. We made sure to slow down and say hello to everyone we met. We will definitely be back on this trail again!

South Manchester Rail Trail

Nice trail

December, 2023 by andtun1

I live in the area & have walked my dog using the section from S. Beech to Gold Street for years. A new section from Gold to Perimeter Road is finally completed as well. I can't wait to try the new section in the summer when I can ride my bike or rollerblade.

Stevens Rail Trail

This was a great ride in both directions. After talking with Tim at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival we found out they were adding more trail on the other side of the bridge starting next week.

October, 2023 by imaginetravelsgd

This was a great ride in both directions. After talking with Tim at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival we found out they were adding more trail on the other side of the bridge starting next week.

Accordion

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

Smoother ride from Newfields end

October, 2023 by rf0595

My brother and I had no problem riding this beautiful trail on e-bikes with 1 5/8 inch tires on a weekday in Sept. 2021 and again in August 2023. Both times we rode west from Newfield and noted that the trail has noticeably more rocks as we headed west of Raymond. We were glad we had front suspension forks. Dearborn Forest just past Onway Lake was our turnaround point at about 17 miles. At Route 125 (Main St.) in Epping, be sure to take the right trail at the fork to continue on the Portsmouth branch. The left trail is the Fremont Branch where you may find yourself riding with ATV's.
At Freetown Road (Route 102) in Raymond, McDonalds is just south of the trail. If you are looking for a tastier burger and have more time, go north one block on Route 102 to Route 27 (Hannaford on your right), then go left one block to Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" television series).

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

We found the Trail notTrail not as described

October, 2023 by luvaneezer

Cheshire Trail South. Rode north from State Line Circle toward Kenne. We are experienced road cyclists, now riding gravel bikes. We are looking for reasonably surfaced longer trails and hoped this would be one of them. Sadly, we found this trail to be rocky, rutted, with lots of roots, and uncleared blowdown. The vigilance required to remain upright made it difficult to enjoy the beauty all around. The suddenly occurring steep inclines to roads seemed borderline dangerous. If we lived closer it would be a great trail to walk with the dogs

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

Like so many, GREAT!!

September, 2023 by twelch11

This is a wonderful trail. But I must add that I am very fond of many of the rail trails in New Hampshire. My wife and I are old and use E bikes with fat tires for our rail trail trips. However, on this trip we passed several riders using road bikes with skinny tires, and they were doing just fine.

From the start of the trip at Lake Massabesic to the end at Ash Swamp Road, this trail proved to be a most enjoyable trail with very few spots that required a little caution. Leaving Massabesic the trail is wide, hard packed and easy going. Mostly wooded areas with many brooks, swamps and for the most part, great scenery.

There were very few muddy or wet areas but all of them were easily navigated. But keep in mind, this trail crosses a few very busy highways. Luckily the first three busy roads you will encounter have tunnels, so you don’t have to cross the roads. Out of caution we got off our bikes and walked them through the tunnels, but a good rider might not have to do that.

As you make your way east there are some very interesting sites like the Emerson Mill site and a couple others that might spark later trips. The trail goes past several lakes and large rivers with very interesting spots to stop for a break or a snack. As you move east you will approach the Star Speedway, (a small racetrack) but is not open during the morning or early afternoon time periods. Further on you will have to cross a very busy route 125. Buy don’t worry, there is a traffic light on either side of the road and all you must do is press the button and wait for the light to stop all the cars, very fast and simple.

There is a rail museum and ice cream spot if you need a break or sugar fix right on the trail, so it makes a stop easy and quick. Continuing east you finally make it to the eastern end at Ash Swamp Road. There is an old rail station that is under restoration there with plenty of parking and easy access. All in all, this is a great trip that shouldn’t be missed.

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

Beautiful woodsy trail with water features

September, 2023 by lvs_tl

I'd thought maybe this trail wouldn't be suitable for my road bike w/ slightly wider tires, but it worked out fine. Surface was mostly hard packed dirt/gravel, at least the 9 miles I rode starting at the southern end in Newfields. There were some muddy spots and a few rocks and roots to avoid, but never had to get off the bike and walk. Ponds, swamps, brooks and lots of woods. A few easy road crossings, no road noise on this part. Well worth a ride.

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

Still a lovely ride in spite of washouts

September, 2023 by nanlovell77

I would hate for people to avoid this lovely trail because of reports of the washouts. By using the trail map from this app or even Google maps you can easily find nearby roads that allow you to ride around the closed sections. We had a lovely 18.7 mi ride today and we’re able to keep cool because of lots of shade even though it got up to 90 degrees! They were repairing the bridge on the road to the Slate Covered Bridge, but they paused work to let us cross. It will be repaired very soon.

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

Pleasantly Surprised

September, 2023 by fyredown

Truly a nice ride this weekend. Packed surface, mixed terrain but nothing our Surly Ogre's couldn't handle. This was not a crowded trail but there were a spattering of walkers, bikers, dog walkers. Made you feel happy to be alive! Whoever is maintaining this trail - thank you!

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

Bennington to Deering - compared with Jaffrey to Rindge

September, 2023 by fyredown

What will it take to get the Bennington to Deering Rail Trail suitable for bicycle??? It is a very difficult ride with even fat-tired riders because of the loose terrain. And then if you try to avoid it by riding the road, that is almost impossible also due to all the pitfalls and holes. This could be such an attraction.

I tried the Jaffrey to Rindge trail this weekend and there was NO COMPARISON! Fun, enjoyable ride while this one remains disappointing.

Please put this one on your list to help!!!

Northern Rail Trail

Danbury Country Store to Tewksbury Pond, Grafton

September, 2023 by chriscarney

Parked across from the Danbury County Store. Headed west towards Grafton. Only saw a coupe peopling using the trail this late Friday afternoon. Trail was smooth and dry even with rain the prior day.

New Boston Rail Trail

perfect for walkers and bikers

September, 2023 by slasalle76

The trail guide book lists this as a 2-3 roughness, but I would keep it at 2. It's hard packed dirt or crushed gravel the whole length, and while I walked it due to the guide book description which said that half of it was really for walkers/hikers only, I competely disagree. If you want to ride, feel free to, as it's in great shape for all manner of bikes except a strictly road bike, as I assume road bikers want asphalt to ride on. I'll go back and do it again on my hybrid. I parked at Gregg Mills Rd, plenty of spaces, and there is parking for at least a few cars at all other intersections as well. Benches all along the way as well, so bring a picnic.

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