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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

11.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Charles River Bike Path

22.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.9 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Sand

Granite Town Rail-Trail

3 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Head's Pond Trail

1.75 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

3.4 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Mass Central Rail Trail

38 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

Neponset River Greenway

8.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

New Boston Rail Trail

3.9 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Grass

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Windham Rail Trail

4.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Bruce N. Freeman was a Massachusetts state representative from 1969 to 1986. Beginning in 1985, he championed the creation of a bike path that would run along the former Penn Central railroad line...
MA 11.7 mi Asphalt
The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 22-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. The trail is also part of a larger, developing network...
MA 22.9 mi Asphalt
The 28.9-mile Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. Nearly 22 miles of the route follows off-road...
ME 28.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Sand
Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a...
NH 3 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
The Head’s Pond Trail (formerly known as Hooksett Rail Trail) is a 1.9-mile rail-trail that visits two scenic ponds, including the eponymous Head’s Pond, in a woodsy area of Hooksett. The trail’s...
NH 1.75 mi Gravel
Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail connects three communities in south-central New Hampshire: Hillsborough, Deering, and Bennington. The unpaved trail winds along the Contoocook River through rural...
NH 7.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal...
MA 3.4 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Mason Railroad Trail runs for nearly 7 miles from near the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border (nr. Townsend, MA) to Greenville, NH. The trail follows a heavily wooded corridor through Russell...
NH 6.7 mi Ballast, Gravel, Sand
The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...
MA 38 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Nashua River Rail Trail stretches from southern Nashua, New Hampshire, to downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, connecting to the towns of Pepperell and Groton. The trail is built on the former rail...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
The Neponset River Greenway is a south Boston jewel, utilizing the best in design and construction standards as it winds through the Neponset River valley, offering a low-stress, high-quality...
MA 8.2 mi Asphalt
The New Boston Rail Trail follows the former railroad corridor of the same name for 3.9 miles through densely wooded areas in the town of New Boston. The railroad was in operation from 1893 to 1931,...
NH 3.9 mi Dirt
The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...
MA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
The Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail (also known as Railroad Trail) traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community in southern Maine. Founded by a mill owner in the 17th...
ME 5.9 mi Gravel
The Windham Rail Trail passes through the woodsy periphery of Windham in southern New Hampshire, but it sits in the heart of the future cross-state Granite State Rail Trail. Its connections to the...
NH 4.3 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

MA - 11.7 miles

Bruce N. Freeman was a Massachusetts state representative from 1969 to 1986. Beginning in 1985, he championed the creation of a bike path that would run along the former Penn Central railroad line...

Eastern Trail

ME - 28.9 miles

The 28.9-mile Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. Nearly 22 miles of the route follows off-road...

Windham Rail Trail

NH - 4.3 miles

The Windham Rail Trail passes through the woodsy periphery of Windham in southern New Hampshire, but it sits in the heart of the future cross-state Granite State Rail Trail. Its connections to the...

Neponset River Greenway

MA - 8.2 miles

The Neponset River Greenway is a south Boston jewel, utilizing the best in design and construction standards as it winds through the Neponset River valley, offering a low-stress, high-quality...

Accordion

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

MA - 0.6 miles

Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...

Mass Central Rail Trail

MA - 38 miles

The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...

Nashua River Rail Trail

MA,NH - 12.3 miles

The Nashua River Rail Trail stretches from southern Nashua, New Hampshire, to downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, connecting to the towns of Pepperell and Groton. The trail is built on the former rail...

Charles River Bike Path

MA - 22.9 miles

The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 22-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. The trail is also part of a larger, developing network...

Granite Town Rail-Trail

NH - 3 miles

Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a...

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

MA - 1.4 miles

The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built...

Nashua River Rail Trail

MA,NH - 12.3 miles

The Nashua River Rail Trail stretches from southern Nashua, New Hampshire, to downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, connecting to the towns of Pepperell and Groton. The trail is built on the former rail...

Mass Central Rail Trail

MA - 38 miles

The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...

Windham Rail Trail

NH - 4.3 miles

The Windham Rail Trail passes through the woodsy periphery of Windham in southern New Hampshire, but it sits in the heart of the future cross-state Granite State Rail Trail. Its connections to the...

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

ME - 5.9 miles

The Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail (also known as Railroad Trail) traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community in southern Maine. Founded by a mill owner in the 17th...

Accordion

Eastern Trail

ME - 28.9 miles

The 28.9-mile Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. Nearly 22 miles of the route follows off-road...

Mason Railroad Trail

NH - 6.7 miles

The Mason Railroad Trail runs for nearly 7 miles from near the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border (nr. Townsend, MA) to Greenville, NH. The trail follows a heavily wooded corridor through Russell...

Head's Pond Trail

NH - 1.75 miles

The Head’s Pond Trail (formerly known as Hooksett Rail Trail) is a 1.9-mile rail-trail that visits two scenic ponds, including the eponymous Head’s Pond, in a woodsy area of Hooksett. The trail’s...

Granite Town Rail-Trail

NH - 3 miles

Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a...

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

NH - 7.8 miles

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail connects three communities in south-central New Hampshire: Hillsborough, Deering, and Bennington. The unpaved trail winds along the Contoocook River through rural...

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

MA - 3.4 miles

The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal...

Charles River Bike Path

MA - 22.9 miles

The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 22-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. The trail is also part of a larger, developing network...

Neponset River Greenway

MA - 8.2 miles

The Neponset River Greenway is a south Boston jewel, utilizing the best in design and construction standards as it winds through the Neponset River valley, offering a low-stress, high-quality...

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

MA - 1.4 miles

The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built...

New Boston Rail Trail

NH - 3.9 miles

The New Boston Rail Trail follows the former railroad corridor of the same name for 3.9 miles through densely wooded areas in the town of New Boston. The railroad was in operation from 1893 to 1931,...

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

MA - 0.6 miles

Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

MA - 11.7 miles

Bruce N. Freeman was a Massachusetts state representative from 1969 to 1986. Beginning in 1985, he championed the creation of a bike path that would run along the former Penn Central railroad line...

Head's Pond Trail

NH - 1.75 miles

The Head’s Pond Trail (formerly known as Hooksett Rail Trail) is a 1.9-mile rail-trail that visits two scenic ponds, including the eponymous Head’s Pond, in a woodsy area of Hooksett. The trail’s...

Nashua River Rail Trail

MA,NH - 12.3 miles

The Nashua River Rail Trail stretches from southern Nashua, New Hampshire, to downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, connecting to the towns of Pepperell and Groton. The trail is built on the former rail...

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

MA - 11.7 miles

Bruce N. Freeman was a Massachusetts state representative from 1969 to 1986. Beginning in 1985, he championed the creation of a bike path that would run along the former Penn Central railroad line...

Neponset River Greenway

MA - 8.2 miles

The Neponset River Greenway is a south Boston jewel, utilizing the best in design and construction standards as it winds through the Neponset River valley, offering a low-stress, high-quality...

Accordion

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

ME - 5.9 miles

The Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail (also known as Railroad Trail) traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community in southern Maine. Founded by a mill owner in the 17th...

Mass Central Rail Trail

MA - 38 miles

The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...

Granite Town Rail-Trail

NH - 3 miles

Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a...

New Boston Rail Trail

NH - 3.9 miles

The New Boston Rail Trail follows the former railroad corridor of the same name for 3.9 miles through densely wooded areas in the town of New Boston. The railroad was in operation from 1893 to 1931,...

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

MA - 0.6 miles

Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

NH - 7.8 miles

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail connects three communities in south-central New Hampshire: Hillsborough, Deering, and Bennington. The unpaved trail winds along the Contoocook River through rural...

Eastern Trail

ME - 28.9 miles

The 28.9-mile Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. Nearly 22 miles of the route follows off-road...

Mason Railroad Trail

NH - 6.7 miles

The Mason Railroad Trail runs for nearly 7 miles from near the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border (nr. Townsend, MA) to Greenville, NH. The trail follows a heavily wooded corridor through Russell...

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

MA - 3.4 miles

The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal...

Charles River Bike Path

MA - 22.9 miles

The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 22-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. The trail is also part of a larger, developing network...

Windham Rail Trail

NH - 4.3 miles

The Windham Rail Trail passes through the woodsy periphery of Windham in southern New Hampshire, but it sits in the heart of the future cross-state Granite State Rail Trail. Its connections to the...

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

MA - 1.4 miles

The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built...

Recent Trail Reviews

Haggetts Rail Trail

Wonderful hidden gem.

September, 2020 by ci27dbbhg7

Spacious walking paths and beautiful views of the water.

Clipper City Rail Trail & Harborwalk

Beautiful Walking Trail

September, 2020 by jbe029

Very scenic trail with some beautiful landscaping, sculptures and, of course, water views. Bikers must walk bike on boardwalk; but it is well worth it. Relaxing trail with much to see, eat, drink and do in Newburyport.

Haggetts Rail Trail

Wonderful hidden gem.

September, 2020 by ci27dbbhg7

Scenic pathways and beautiful views of the water.

Accordion

Northern Strand Community Trail

trail closings

September, 2020 by william.erdman_tl

Beware there is ongoing trail work in the Saugus and Revere/Malden stretches as of late August 2020 I could not get through due to closings. Be prepared with Alternate routes if biking through...looking forward to it’s completion this fall hopefully...I believe you can check that online for expected schedule.

Goffstown Rail Trail

Biking - dirt trail with great water views, swimming - 2 major road crossings

September, 2020 by curlybrian

Though the trail roughly parallels a major road, you are away from it at least half the time. You need to cross it twice but they have walking signals. Every car at the other side street crossing stopped and waved you on. There are some benches, but didn't notice any picnic tables.

The mostly tree-shaded path itself is either improved or unimproved dirt, on this dry late-summer ride I'd rate the surface a B+ with mountain bikes. Roots, just a few patches of sand and a few raised sewer covers. Path to Goffstown is definitely uphill most of the way, but just enough to keep you pedaling. Going toward Manchester is a delight. Mid week there was sparse but steady traffic, probably the most parking places I've seen on a trail.

Beautiful swimming spot around mile 4.2, just off the path . Probably other places, too, as the trail parallels water much of the way. Goffstown end has shops and eateries, there is an ice cream in the middle. The southern end continues to Manchester, we started on a paved continuation trail about 1/2 mile toward Manchester (Douglas Street football field parking lot).

A very nice ride I'd highly recommend for most non-street casual bikers (or walkers/joggers). The wooded swimming spot on the lake is a real bonus.

South Manchester Rail Trail

sad to see this trail turn to a homeless camp

September, 2020 by ilenemackzaghloul

For several years, I have taken my dogs for a walk/run on this trail. Other than being in the path of the airport, with planes flying overhead, it was a quiet and wonderful place. Wild life and beautiful flowers were very much enjoyed. The last 6 months, has made me seek other places to walk/run my dogs. There are homeless camps, trash, and graffiti everywhere. I wish this short trail were better maintained by the City

Mason Railroad Trail

Mason Rail Trail

September, 2020 by agesutton

Mason resident here. A great place for visitors to park and access the rail trail is on Depot Road (which is a paved road). The parking area has ample space to park cars, horse trailers, etc. for setting up. This parking access point is up the road past the town fire station on the right hand side if you're accessing it via Valley Rd. There's also a board the town set up with a trail map one can review before setting off on your journey. Otherwise, it's a nice flat surface to walk, bike, and ride on. Hope this information is helpful to someone new who is looking to find a safe and proper place to park and go.

Marblehead Rail-Trail

Marblehead Rail Trail

September, 2020 by efcurtin13

This trail that started at the Squamscott line is hard packed and rather bumpy. Parking is nearly impossible at the start of the trail. I didn’t get a ticket or towed but was unsure. The trail is not what I expected for this area. It definitely needs some work. Once the trail ended, going through the streets of Marblehead there are many shot steep hills. Anywhere from 40 to 60 feet. It gets the heart rate up. The payoff is the harbor and the views. Sewall park was closed due to construction, which was disappointing. It’s the better view of the harbor. Crocker Park was open where we stopped for lunch and chatted with friendly locals. It wasn’t perfect, any time you’re out and around the ocean makes up for a few bumps in the road.

Nashua River Rail Trail

Sewerage Smell Near Pepperell Center

September, 2020 by tlangan48

For at least the last month I've noticed a sewage smell at the pond just south of Pepperell center going toward Groton. I believe it's called the Pepperell Pond? Any idea what the cause is? The smell ends once you pass the pond.

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

Not for us

September, 2020 by r2tguy

September 5, 2020. My wife, her friend and I rode this trail yesterday from Massabesic Lake Park to Epping and back. All three of us have eBikes with no suspension, so they're classified as road bikes. All three of us are in our 70s.

The write-up of this trail reads, 'There are a few at-grade road intersections east of town, as the old railbed passes beneath the roads. Some of these underpasses have low ceilings, however, as the bottom of the culverts are planked with wood, so cyclists and equestrians should be prepared to dismount.' The culverts aren't so bad although they are very dark inside. What the write-up fails to mention is that the culverts are at the top of a steep incline about 50 feet high and this incline is strewn with large rocks. It is necessary to push the bike up these inclines and it is extremely difficult going. These inclines need to be made less steep and the rocks need to be removed.

The trail itself is tiring because there are no paved breaks. Parts of the crushed stone trail are smooth, but there's a reason New Hampshire is called the Granite State. While riding it's necessary to keep you eyes on the trail to avoid hitting outcropped rocks. And roots. These are the things that cause bicycles to have flat tires so be sure to bring a flat repair kit with you. Our day was beautiful but the sunlight was shaded on the trail making it difficult to distinguish the rocks and roots in the shadows.

This trail would be beautiful in October with the fall colors but it would be a sure bike basher because the fallen leaves will further hide the outcropped rocks and roots. I had to stop along the trail to tighten a screw on the right side of my bike that holds the rear fender brace and luggage rack. On the way back the screw on the left side had vibrated completely out so my bike was falling apart on this trail.

To make matters worse we ran out of battery power on the way back and our bikes weigh about 60 pounds! Not fun.

Perhaps much younger and more athletic folks with fat tire bikes would enjoy this trail but it was not for us.

P.S. In Epping the DG Cycle Sports shop is very near the trail. We had lunch at The Beach Plum, which is our favorite restaurant for lobster rolls and fried clams.

Northern Rail Trail

Boscawen to Highland Lake

September, 2020 by aldcon_tl

Parked at lot at ballfield at end of Depot Street in Boscawen. Go to very end of Depot Street and lot is on the right. Took trail for about 16 miles to town beach at Highland Lake on Channel Road. Slightly uphill all the way. Very few soft spots. In general all trail all packed gravel. Public beach also at Webster Lake ( about 13 miles from Depot St.).

Nashua River Rail Trail

Flat, wooded and shaded. Not extremely scenic but it is mostly through a wooded area. Keeps the hot sun off your. A little Hiking available at the Nashua trail head. Passed through pepperall, Good for a lunch break and a stop.

September, 2020 by bcard050991

Flat, wooded and shaded. Not extremely scenic but it is mostly through a wooded area. Keeps the hot sun off your. A little Hiking available at the Nashua trail head. Passed through pepperall, Good for a lunch break and a stop.

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