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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.
This is a pretty and easy trail, but it is in real need of mainternance. The trail is in good shape from the South Windham start through the Gambo Road playing fields/parking. Once you cross over the river, the trail gets progressively worse. The biggest downfall is the amount of potholes' but there are also quite a few areas that are collapsing/leaning.
I am handicapped and ride a recumbent trike, so my perspective is a bit different than that of a mountain biker; but it would be nice if the DOT, or Gorham & Windham, put some money into maintaining the trail.
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.
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.
It was a wonderful first rail trail ride -all asphalt and no bumps. Plenty of places to pull over and rest and read signs along the way. We had a great time.
The parking area on Depot Road in Raymond has plenty of room, even for a ride on a beautiful sunday. I rode east on my hybrid all the way to the starting point in Newfields with very little difficulty other than it turned into my longest rail trail ride to date, resulting in very tired legs over the last 5ish miles of the return trip. Only a couple of busy road crossings, one with a crossing signal, while all the rest of the crossings were just rural roads.
A lovely ride, nice scenery, benches along the way for resting and well kept overall, and was my first ride on a rail trail that wasn't mostly solitary. The use of this trail is proportional to the local population. As it seemed to be more walkers on the day I rode, the number of people thinned out the further I got from an easy parking area. Rode seamlessly right through from Hood Park all the way to the Salem Ped corridor and back, a little over 16 miles total. The only complaint is the number of dog poop bags left behind, littered along the edges of the pavement.
I'm riding an eletric wheelchair & it's a nice ride.Off the street. Barbara
Multiple times now Ive brought my bike when I drop my car off at Nucar Tilton. A quick ride around the corner by McDonalds and I jump on the rail trail to Franklin. Surface is nice for road tires (28) and only one small section of road.
Started at Northwest entrance, parking across from the North Londonderry School. as you approach the trail, go left towards Derry and if you go right for a mile you will end up looking at Manchester Airport, as of this review the trail is not finish or started.
Go towards Derry for 3.5 miles and you will end up on Route 28. you have two options. Cross over 28 and there is a single track, I mean single track that should take to the Derry Bike path. The other is to follow 28 for about 3/4 of mile, on your right is A street then left on B street which turns into Franklin Street Extension, left at the fork on to Folsom Road bearing right on to N. High Street the two yellow marks for the Derry Rail Trail are visible .
The Derry Rail Trail connects seamlessly to the Windam Rail Trail, there is the B&M caboose at this trail head. Follow the Windam rail Trail to the Salem Rail Trail which is only a couple of miles right now.
All in all we had a great ride with all four trails. I hope this Help others to enjoy these trail. Can't wail for all the extensions and improvements.
This is a trail which was decommissioned in 2009 by USFS.
It's less than 4 miles one way. Nice trail but short
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