New Hampshire Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

19.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

21.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Black Pond Trail

0.8 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Blackmount Rail Trail

5 mi
State: NH
Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.9 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Common Pathway

5.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

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

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

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

Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail

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

Franconia Brook Trail

7.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast

Goffstown Rail Trail

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

Granite Town Rail-Trail

3 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, 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

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

1.8 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Lincoln Woods Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast
Accordion

Londonderry Rail Trail

4.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Mascoma River Greenway

2.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Gravel

Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Mine Falls Park

9.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

7.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Gravel

Nanamocomuck Trail

12 mi
State: NH
Ballast

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

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

Presidential Rail Trail

18 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

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

Sawyer River Trail / Sawyer River Road

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

Sugar River Trail

9.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Upper Coos Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder

WOW Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

West Milan Trail

4.5 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Wild River Trail

15 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

Windham Rail Trail

4.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Winnipesaukee River Trail

5.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Ammonoosuc Rail Trail carries its users for 19.2 miles along the scenic river that shares its name and is itself a destination for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The trail passes through a...
NH 19.2 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail passes such scenic and historical landmarks as covered bridges, abandoned mills, and postcard-perfect towns. Starting on asphalt in Keene, the rail-trail can be...
NH 21.5 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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
In Woodsville the trail starts across from the Subway Restaurant across from the the Oceans Job Lot Store and next to the Woodsville Machine Shop and YES Yankee Electrical Supply up and down a short...
NH 5 mi Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips
Formerly comprising two separate segments—one running northward from Keene to Walpole, and the other running southward from Keene to Fitzwilliam—the Cheshire Rail Trail now runs a continuous 32.9...
NH 32.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Common Pathway travels 5.5 miles from the outskirts of Peterborough south to downtown’s Noone Falls area, paralleling US 202 and the Contoocook River for most of its journey. The small town of...
NH 5.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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
Built in the 1910s by the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M) as part of the Connecticut River Division Main Line, the route introduced daily service to the B&M Fort Hill Branch in the early 1920s to meet...
NH 7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
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 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
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
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
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
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
Accordion
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 Mascoma River Greenway is a planned 4-mile non-motorized pathway through the heart of Lebanon. The trail is envisioned to link West Lebanon to the Northern Rail Trail, which spans more than 50...
NH 2.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
Mine Falls Park in Nashua is a 300-acre-plus urban park with a network of approximately 9.7 miles of a variety of trail types. This forested park offers an extraordinary nature experience in the heart...
NH 9.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail is a great example of a repurposed rail route that provides safe commuting opportunities while also allowing trail users to escape into forest environments for...
NH 7.5 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 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 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
Located in the scenic Presidential Range in the White Mountains, the Presidential Rail Trail is a scenic and pleasant route, providing an alternative view of Mount Washington and the surrounding area....
NH 18 mi Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
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 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
Visitors to the Sugar River Trail (also known as the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail) can be forgiven if they lose track of which side of the river they’re traveling. The 9.5-mile trail crosses...
NH 9.5 mi Ballast, Gravel, Sand
The wildly scenic Upper Coos Recreational Trail parallels the Connecticut River, which divides New Hampshire and Vermont. The rail-trail begins in Colebrook and travels north to Beecher Falls near the...
NH 10.5 mi Ballast, Cinder
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 West Milan Trail follows a portion of the Upper Ammonoosuc River along State Route 110 northwest of Berlin. The mult-use trail is relatively flat and follows a scenic mountain valley...
NH 4.5 mi Gravel
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 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
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

Mason Railroad Trail

Great Easy trail for many activities

August, 2020 by rickbeausoleil

My family has used this trail many times using it for Short walks between 6 road intersections. I'ts about 7 miles long and has many wonderful sites it is nor a particularly old in it's de-commissioning The last regularly scheduled passenger train on this spur ran in July, 1933 after that it was used lightly for freight in some sections until the late 1950's The highlight is the Mason Town Quarry loop between Depot rd and Sandpit road
featuring an old abandoned Quarry adopted and preserved by Mason NH. The entire length in one direction can be walked within 5-7 hours a round trip jogging about the same.

Harrisville Rail Trail

Great Old R.R.Trail. Kudos to those who worked to rescue it.

August, 2020 by rickbeausoleil

It is evident that much work has been done to improve this Trail.
Still I see from a optical sense there may be some improvements made to beautify it. Cut brush from the rescue could be chipped. Small dead saplings and other dead wood that is growing in the original rail-bed footprint could be removed and chipped lending to a more serene authentic scene of the rail-bed.
At the end if the trail on Jaquith road nearest to rt. 137 Prior to the trestle is a very steep rise in the rail bed not easily climbed by vintage locomotive engines in my view I imagine a wooden ramped structure bringing this higher part of the rail-bed up to the top of the trestle.
I wonder if there are any old photos of this elevation transition and how it was accomplished. These pictures may be a nice touch to this section's bulletin board
All the trail is delightful and the 100 yr .old steel span bridge is a great undertaking. We loved the red Lobelia in full Bloom Aug. 2 into it's brook beneath. I love the Old R.R. ties left in place to give more of a R.R. feeling . The bench at the swamp in the first section is a nice touch.
All in all a high five rating despite I feel a bit more cosmetic work can greatly improve the feel of this great noble R.R.route
Rick Beausoleil Greenville NH.

Northern Rail Trail

Finest cycling rail trail in NH

August, 2020 by ca959709

Having ridden this trail in sections numerous times, and having ridden the entire length in a day last fall, It's my opinion that this is the finest rail trail for cycling purposes in NH.

In Merrimack county (Boscawen to Danbury) the dedication of the local friends group is evident. The trail is well maintained and the surface is excellent. From Grafton to Lebanon (Grafton county) the surface is trickier, with regular sandy spots and some exposed railroad ties. Despite this, the trail is still very ride-able in a gravel bike, and my wife had no issues in Merrimack county on a cruiser/townie bike.

Accordion

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

Ashuelot Rail trail

July, 2020 by coopers.nh

We started north from the Ashuelot River Campground. North ride was much nicer than the southern ride. North trail nice and wide and obviously well taken care of. Going south, not so nice . Basically ends up being and old narrow and rough ride. Could be muddy, if raining. Be careful of an old iron, wood beam bridge. Many rotten boards and nail heads popped up. That was enough, we road back on the road.

Dover Community Trail

Nice trail

July, 2020 by patrickron53

Go biking here quite often a lot of shade good when it's hot

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

Ashuelot Rail Trail 7/20/20 Paul Z.

July, 2020 by paulz

started at the southern terminus at rte 63 North of Northfield Mass. and South of Hinsdale. The trail starts across rte 63 from the large parking lot, up on the berm. The trail is in poor condition at this point. The trail is not much more than a unused fire road. A better starting point would be the Hinsdale rail station. My highlight was the Ashuelot Covered Bridge. I returned to my car from that point.

Londonderry Rail Trail

Link to

July, 2020 by herman22

I have found a nice way to link to the Windham Depot to Derry Trail. At the southern end, cross over Rockingham Road onto Seasons Lane and turn left onto Coteville Rd. At the end of Coteville there is a short path through the woods that comes out on Franklin St Ext. Follow Franklin and turn right onto Mitchell Ave. At the end of Mitchell is a path that goes to the Windham Depot.

Lincoln Woods Trail

Excellent hike / walk to Franconia Falls

July, 2020 by lhart2015

We had a great time on this flat trail, which does have some old railroad tires and nails popping up along the way. Using “Map My Walk” it was 7.12 miles from the parking lot to the falls and back. The falls are very refreshing, with a few safe still pools to cool off in! Highly recommend this trail! You can also visit other side trails off this one, including Black Pond which we do next time!

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

Great Route from Winchendon, MA to Keene!

July, 2020 by mikebarry657

We rode much of the trail on a tour from the MA/NH line area north of Winchendon, MA to Keene, NH. It's a beautiful, relatively flat route with some great views though high water source areas, ponds and some views of Mt Manodnock then descends along the river into Keene. We were on semi-loaded touring bikes, so jumped off on roads when they paralleled the trail since the surface is a little bumpy. Hybrid or MTB's (as recommend) would be more comfortable, but for those on touring bikes, the direct route through some road less areas is well worth it.

Common Pathway

beautiful ride

July, 2020 by horsemomnh_tl

First of all, Peterborough is a lovely little town to bike in and around. The trail was shaded, clean and paved all but 1 mile or maybe a little more. We parked in the shopping center parking lot and then followed the well marked signs along some town roads before getting on the bike path. Beyond the parking lot on the north end, the cinder path continues. We bikes for a while before deciding to turn around.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Beautiful trail but...

July, 2020 by suezqz100

Bikers beware. As others have noted, this is a narrow trail with rails still in place. It is a beautiful path and perfect for walkers and runners. If you choose to ride, Wear a helmet and heed the signs to walk across the on\off ramps where the path veers from the rails, which is often. As others have noted, bike tires can become snagged and cause you to be thrown from your bike. This happened to my partner requiring fire dept/emergency rescue from the trail. Shame on us for not wearing helmets. Concussion and fractured arm later, all is well. Emergency responders and local hospital were all amazing - especially given the current concerns in healthcare. Important to note, no one was surprised at what had happened, it’s not uncommon. Again, beautiful trail, but I think this is a fair warning if you do choose to ride this trail.

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Fremont Branch)

Nice views, easy ride.

July, 2020 by npcrego

My son and I love riding this on our dirt bikes. Wide and easy to ride, perfect place for a new rider to get comfortable. Plenty of other people on bicycles, hikers, ATVs and dirt bikes on the trail, everyone was friendly and courteous to give each other room. It’s nice having a place like this to spend time with my son.

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