New Hampshire Horseback Riding 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

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

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

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

Granite Town Rail-Trail

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

Harrisville Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

7.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Gravel

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

Presidential Rail Trail

18 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

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

Stevens Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Gravel

Sugar River Trail

9.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Upper Coos Recreational Trail

10.5 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder

West Milan Trail

4.5 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Windham Rail Trail

4.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Winnipesaukee River Trail

5.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

York Pond Trail

6.5 mi
State: NH
Dirt
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
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 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 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
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 Harrisville Rail Trail runs for just under two miles between the outskirts of Harrisville and Hancock in rural New Hampshire. The former railroad bed is located on lands conserved by the Harris...
NH 1.6 mi Dirt
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 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 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 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
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
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
Accordion
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
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
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
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
The York Pond Trail begins at the Berlin Fish Hatchery (just past the locked gate), going through a notch in the Mountains to the south and west to Bunnell Brook. The trail leads to Willard Notch,...
NH 6.5 mi Dirt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Heritage Trail (Manchester)

Commercial District

July, 2020 by david_weiss

This is the first trail that I have ridden that is split into two sections. The second section runs along multiple commercial buildings and is adjacent to the Merrimack river. There are many places on the second part to stop and view the river as there are many places to sit. The most interesting thing is that there was a Mulberry tree growing out of the middle of a stone wall (which is 30 feet down to the river) and which had a lot of ripe berries on it within reach. If I can figure out how to post a picture, then I will do so of the tree. Although not adjacent to rails, I would recommend this trail.

Sugar River Trail

Beautiful overall; needs some work; ATVs

June, 2020 by johnriggstransfer

A beautiful trail along the Sugar River, with some gorgeous covered bridges, which my wife and I much enjoyed. The ATV users were generally polite. But note: (1) Some parts of the trail have very, very sandy soil. My wife, an accomplished RAGBRAI rider, had to portage her Diverge, with 35mm tires, at one point, as did I coming back, riding a Warbird with 40mm Maxxis Ramblers. (2) The ATVs kick up great amounts of dust, so be prepared. (3) The entire trail is slightly downhill from Newport to Claremont, as the Sugar flows to the Connecticut. (4) Unless you ride at a decent pace, you may have bug problems.

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

Not great

June, 2020 by lbitesh89

We were not very impressed with this trail. The ground is very soft and not great for biking.

Accordion

Presidential Rail Trail

Great trail - some construction - lots of horse flies!

June, 2020 by bob_hatcher

We started on the eastern end. About a mile in there is some construction with heavy machinery and a very rough trail. Other than that, the trail is in good condition. For about a mile, the views are stupendous but most of the trail is in a forest canopy. There is a beautiful pond with lots of marshland.

The BIG issue is the bugs. The horseflies are terrible. In the hour and a half we were out we each got bit a dozen times and swatted away hundreds. I'm not sure if this is all the time or seasonal, or just this section of the trail, but it'll keep us from this segment.

Next time we'll go to the mid-point and try from there.

Nashua River Rail Trail

Great Trail and Fun for All Levels!

June, 2020 by nhsteeler

We started at the far north end in Nashua where there is a decent sized lot. About a mile in you cross the state line where there is a second parking lot. Pepperell is about 3 miles from there, and there is an ice cream stop there you should hit. Trail is well kept, and marked. We completed the whole thing round trip in 2.5 hours. For small ride do Nashua to Pepperell.

New Boston Rail Trail

My new favorite week day extended ride from manchvegas thru goffstown for 14 miles.... love this ride now ending in new boston. Little rough at times near 114. Been riding this about the last 1.5+.

June, 2020 by wskks806

My new favorite week day extended ride from manchvegas thru goffstown for 14 miles.... love this ride now ending in new boston. Little rough at times near 114. Been riding this about the last 1.5+.

WOW Trail

Wow Trail Extended

June, 2020 by david_weiss

This trail is paved going through the center of Laconia and then following Rt 3. It is great for walking, biking and running. It is very well maintained and passes multiple beach areas where one can stop. It is a 5 star trail.
The original trail was 2.7 miles long. The current trail is 4.3 miles long. Unlike some trails that just cover up old tracks, this one follows an active trail system. The trail and the tracks are well separated by fences. The first 3/4 of the trail are flat with the last 1/4 of the trail having some small rises and falls. I have been mapping trails for a few decades and will attempt to send a new .gpx file of the current trail with it's extension to the developers of this web site.

Dover Community Trail

Dover Community Trail - Very Nice

June, 2020 by david_weiss

Although some reviews were disappointed with the trail surface, I thought it was much better than others I have ridden. I found minimal ruts. I did like that it ran parallel to the Cocheco River. The sounds of the running river and views of it were great. The part that ran through Dover itself were refreshing. It also runs by the Dover Baseball fields. Porta-Potties were available at the ball fields although they were in poor shape.

Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

Enjoyable Ride

June, 2020 by hike4kx2

We took the advice of a previous reviewer and began our ride at the athletic fields on Kroc Street in Keene. We headed southwest and ride to Monadnock Speedway . The first several miles are well pack and relatively smooth. After that the trail is a mixed bag. A couple short sandy sections, a couple very muddy areas, and some narrow grassy riding. The grades are easy and overall the trail is very rideable. On our next outing here we will start by the Speedway, where there is enough parking for several cars.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Bicycles beware!

June, 2020 by dentman333

Lovely trail but in some spots not wide enough for a bicycle in each direction. Also somewhat hilly so unless you’re in tip top shape or riding an E-bike could be a struggle. If you do decide to ride be aware crossing the rails. I took quite a spill because the angle was not sharp enough and the front tire slid out from under me. #wearahelmet

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

Save your energy, go somewhere else.

June, 2020 by david_weiss

I was quite disappointed with this trail. Here is why:
1) Very close to a major noisy highway (Rt. 11)
2) The first half is sandy and 4 wheelers have made it rough.
3) Nothing much to see. It says that it runs along a river. Perhaps but I never saw a river.
The ride back from Farmington to Rochester on Rt. 11 was much more scenic. Thus the 1 star rating.

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

very flat and easy walk

June, 2020 by johnnyrebnh

We started on the southern end. Once you get past the paper mill and the smell it gives off, it turns into a pretty enjoyable walk. A few interesting things to see along the way. Not gorgeous but not ugly either.

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