Wakefield, NH Running Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Amesbury Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Back Cove Trail

3.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Bayside Trail

1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Beth Condon Memorial Pathway

1.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Black Pond Trail

0.8 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Conway Branch

21 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

12 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Derry Rail Trail

3.6 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Dover Community Trail

3.8 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Eastern Promenade Trail

2.1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.9 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Sand

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

6 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Fore River Parkway Trail

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Franconia Brook Trail

7.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast

Franconia Notch Recreation Path

8.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Goffstown Rail Trail

5.5 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Guinea Pond and Flat Mountain Trails

11.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Dirt, Grass

Head's Pond Trail

1.75 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Heritage Trail (Manchester)

0.9 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

1.8 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Lincoln Woods Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast

Londonderry Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Mountain Division Trail

9.7 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Nanamocomuck Trail

12 mi
State: NH
Ballast

New Boston Rail Trail

3.9 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Northern Rail Trail

57.6 mi
State: NH
Cinder, Crushed Stone

Old Railroad Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Oliverian Brook Trail

3.5 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Peanut Trail

1.5 mi
State: NH
Cinder

Piscataquog Trail

2.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Riverton Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Concrete, Dirt, Sand

Rob Brook Trail

2 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

28.1 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Rocky Branch Trail (NH)

9 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Sawyer River Trail / Sawyer River Road

7.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Sand

South Manchester Rail Trail

0.89 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Stevens Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

WOW Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

West Foss Farm Trail

1.6 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Wild River Trail

15 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

Winnipesaukee River Trail

5.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Amesbury Riverwalk (also known as the Powwow Riverwalk) carries visitors between a resurgent waterfront district on the Powwow River to a modern shopping center on the outskirts of this historical...
MA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The paved Back Cove Trail rings its namesake tidal basin and offers lovely views of the Portland skyline. You also might spot great blue herons or other birds along the tree-lined waterfront. A...
ME 3.6 mi Asphalt
Portland’s Bayside Trail packs a lot into its 1-mile length. The paved pathway provides a pleasant route between commercial and residential areas in the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Once an...
ME 1 mi Asphalt
The Beth Condon Memorial Pathway is located in the heart of Yarmouth, Maine. The path is named in honor of a high school student who was struck by a drunk driver while walking along US-1. The paved...
ME 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Black Pond Trail itself is short but it can be linked with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just northeast of Lincoln. Specifically, the Black Pond...
NH 0.8 mi Dirt
The Conway Branch trail runs for 21 miles along an old rail corridor between State Route 113 in Conway and Polly's Crossing in Ossipee. The trail is popular with snowmobiles and rail car clubs; the...
NH 21 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Cotton Valley Rail Trail connects the small town of Wakefield, near the Maine border, and the quintessentially quaint New England vacation town of Wolfeboro. In 2017 the towns held a...
NH 12 mi Gravel
This exquisitely maintained trail slices through forested areas and wetlands for a wonderful experience in southern New Hampshire. The trail will eventually be part of the Granite State Rail Trail,...
NH 3.6 mi Asphalt
The Dover Community Trail snakes its way through the heart of the Garrison City—so nicknamed for the fortified log houses, or garrisons, built by 17th-century settlers—-offering a variety of trail...
NH 3.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Old salts should love the Eastern Promenade Trail, as it skirts the shoreline of Portland’s Casco Bay and Portland Harbor. The 2.1-mile paved trail is always within sight of the water and is one of...
ME 2.1 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
The Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail runs for 6 miles between the towns of Rochester and Farmington. The trail parallels the Cocheco River and State Route 11 through a wooded corridor. The trail is...
NH 6 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Portland’s Fore River Parkway Trail provides an important transportation link in the community while at the same time offering sweeping views of the Fore River. At the north end of the trail, you’ll...
ME 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Franconia Brook Trail runs from just north of the confluence of the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and Franconia Branch. Note that bicycling is not permitted along the route. You can...
NH 7.2 mi Ballast
The Franconia Notch Recreation Path runs the length of the Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountain National Forest. Commonly called the Recreation Path, the 8.7-mile trail visits most of the...
NH 8.7 mi Asphalt
The year 2017 marks 20 years since a rails-to-trails project was first mentioned in the Goffstown Master Plan, and thanks to work by the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail and support throughout the...
NH 5.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
These connecting trails follow the bed of the old Beebe River Railroad up to Flat Mountain Pond, a large, remote pool high in the Sandwich Range Wilderness. This is a great trip for advanced mountain...
NH 11.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
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
The Heritage Trail is managed by the state of New Hampshire to provide access to recreational and historical attractions across the state. Eventually, the north-south route along the former Boston and...
NH 0.9 mi Asphalt
Nestled in the woodlands on the northern end of Merrimac in the far northeastern corner of Massachusetts, lies the beautiful Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. The town, once known as West Amesbury, had a...
MA 2 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion
Lake Winnisquam is New Hampshire’s fourth largest lake, and taking the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail is one of the best ways to experience it. Meaning “pleasant waters,” Lake Winnisquam provides...
NH 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Lincoln Woods Trail runs for 2.6 miles along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River. You can combine the trail with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains of New...
NH 2.7 mi Ballast
The smooth paved surface of the Londonderry Rail Trail offers a pleasant, tranquil 4.5-mile adventure for trail users in south-central New Hampshire. Its route follows a corridor once used by the...
NH 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Mountain Division Trail exists as two separate segments of what will eventually be a more than 50-mile-long trail from Fryeburg to Portland. The southern section rolls for about 6 miles between...
ME 9.7 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Upper and Lower Nanamocomuck Trails in White Mountain National Forest are accessible from Kancamagus Highway (SR 112) west of Conway. The trails are open for hiking in summer and cross-country...
NH 12 mi Ballast
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
Spanning 57.6 miles from Lebanon to Boscawen, the Northern Rail Trail is New Hampshire’s longest rail-trail conversion. Trail development began in 1996 after the state purchased the Boston and Maine...
NH 57.6 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Old Railroad, as its name suggests, is a multi-use trail that occupies a former Boston & Maine Railroad corridor. The trail picks up at the northern trailhead of the Common Pathway, a paved...
NH 2.7 mi Dirt
The Oliverian Brook Trail follows the course of Oliverian Brook through the dense forest of White Mountain National Forest. The trail, open to cross-country skiing in winter, heads toward Passaconaway...
NH 3.5 mi Dirt
The Peanut Trial is a distinct trail in the town of Newton that spans one-mile. This rail-trail was meant to connect to the Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. However, due to a controversial lawsuit by land...
NH 1.5 mi Cinder
The Piscataquog Trail, though only about 2 miles long, provides a vital off-road link between the communities on the western side of the Merrimack River (the West Side of Manchester) to several parks...
NH 2.1 mi Asphalt
The scenic Riverton Rail Trail—also known as “Sandy Road” by residents of Portland’s Riverton neighborhood—follows the former corridor of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railroad, which stopped...
ME 1.5 mi Concrete, Dirt, Sand
The Rob Brook Trail is mostly flat, following the bottomlands of its namesake creek through the White Mountains National Forest. The trail is open to mountain biking and hiking, with cross-country...
NH 2 mi Dirt, Gravel
Crossing through wooded areas and featuring magnificent wetland vistas, the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Fremont Branch) offers an 18.3-mile trail adventure from Epping to Windham. The northern...
NH 18.3 mi Dirt, Sand
The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail brings at least two superlatives to mind: it’s one of New Hampshire’s longest rail-trails at just more than 28 miles, and it begins in Manchester, the state’s...
NH 28.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
Bicycles are permitted only on the first 2.3 miles of the trail, up to the wilderness boundary (marked with signs). Hiking and cross-country skiing only are allowed past this point.
NH 9 mi Dirt, Gravel
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 Sawyer River Trail/Sawyer River Road lies deep in the forested heart of the 1,200-square-mile White Mountain National Forest. The 7.5-mile route traces an old logging railroad that’s now part...
NH 7.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Sand
The South Manchester Rail Trail is a proposed bike/pedestrian path that would connect the downtown Millyard area of Manchester to the Town on Londonderry. The South Manchester Rail Trail will utilize...
NH 0.89 mi Asphalt
About a dozen miles west of Concord, the Stevens Rail Trail offers a quiet, wooded route along the former Concord-Claremont rail line in Contoocook Village. It starts off Krzyzaniak Road and continues...
NH 1.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
he WOW Trail is named after the three bodies of water that can be seen from this rail-trail: Lake Winnipesaukee, Opechee Bay, and Lake Winnisquam. This picturesque 2.7-mile trail shares a corridor...
NH 2.7 mi Asphalt
Many rail-trails start at a vintage depot, an old caboose, or a rusty locomotive acquired by the local historical society. The Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail, however, starts at the...
NH 10.8 mi Dirt
The 83 acre West Foss Farm is one of the properties owned by the University of New Hampshire, Durham. The property was purchased from the Boston & Maine Railroad company, and features a 1.6 stretch of...
NH 1.6 mi Dirt
Most of the Wild River Trail falls within the Wild River Wilderness and is off-limits to bikes. At it's southern end, the trail meets the Wildcat River Trail, near Bog Brook. From here, you can bike...
NH 15 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Winnipesaukee River Trail runs along a rail line that previously connected the paper industry between Franklin and Tilton. Nicknamed the Paper City, Franklin saw the industry boom from the 1900s...
NH 5.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

WOW Trail

not great for skating

October, 2020 by benjaminrockwell333

Lots of stop signs involving crossing streets and Frost heaves on the trail. Not a terribly wide trail, expect to go over bricks and wooden Bridges also which are pretty bumpy unless you’re on a bike or something. The other nearby scenic trail is much better

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Fantastic Trail for Biking

October, 2020 by leeds.nudd

Very confused at some of the reviews here. Fit mid-30s guy here, though rarely bike, completed the entire trail both ways today on a hybrid rental bike. Yes this trail is gravel and also now plenty of fallen leaves, and it’s perfectly appropriate for a bike ride as long as it’s an appropriate bike. Don’t try to take a road bike with skinny tires on this trail. Enough room along the majority of the trail for bikers to pass each other without stopping, although, yes, once or twice along the 12 mile stretch you may actually need to stop and walk your bike when passing. Such a beautiful ride.

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

great for skating

October, 2020 by benjaminrockwell333

A little more hilly than anticipated but a lot of fun.

Accordion

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

worst possible trail for bicycles

October, 2020 by moonlightgraham2

Beautiful setting, but clearly not designed for bike riders. Much of the 12 miles of trail (Wolfeboro to Wakefield) runs between the confines of remaining railroad rails, so despite the filled-in smooth surface there is no possibility that riders approaching from opposite directions will have room to pass each other. The many walkers we encountered were all considerate to voluntarily step aside and allow us to pass, although we repeatedly needed to hold up for other riders, giving them the right-of-way. One group of riders that included young children attempting to manage the difficult passages unsupervised caused my wife to take a bad fall. We have used and enjoyed many rail trails in NH -- this one deserves to be crossed off every bicycler's list.

Sawyer River Trail / Sawyer River Road

Very pretty in the fall

October, 2020 by jim_wang

I started from Sawyer River Road parking lot and biked all the way to Swift River near 112 which blocks bike access. So technically you cannot finish the whole trail, even very close. Sawyer River Rd is very good to bike. But think about Sawyer River Trail again before you continue. The trail is not maintained for biking. I had to carry the bike in several locations. There is a big falling tree completely blocking the trail.

The whole trail is very very pretty in the fall. I uploaded some photos.

WOW Trail

No Thanks

September, 2020 by jimmath123

This isn’t really a rail trail. It is a trail that parallels a working rail. A lot of the trail goes through commercial areas, and it is likely you will see homeless people and the less desirable parts of town. More an urban passage. Given where the trail goes, the views are unremarkable.

Londonderry Rail Trail

windham rail Trail

September, 2020 by pablofrederico15

Great trail real nice walk lots to see parking closed on the southern end

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

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.).

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

Worth the trip !

August, 2020 by rgbww

I rode from the East end in Newfield, and went as far as the East Candia Depot parking lot. My odometer had it at 17 miles.
The trail is tree lined for the vast majority of the way. A nice spot to take a break was at Onway Lake, 15 mile point.
There are two major road crossings, but other than that the crossings are on residential roads with minimal traffic.
Go and enjoy it !!

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