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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 variety of landscapes and several small historic mill towns that are ideal for sightseeing, shopping, or relaxing. The trail draws ATV riders, hikers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers—and also permits dogsledding—but cyclists should note that parts are very rough and challenging, and would be best handled on fat tires.
The northern end of the trail is in the town of Littleton, which is the birthplace of author Eleanor H. Porter, who introduced the world to the inspiringly optimistic Pollyanna. A statue in front of the library at 92 Main Street, only a mile from the trailhead’s parking area, and an umbrella-draped gateway arch across the street honor the character.
After leaving Littleton on the former railbed of the Boston and Maine Railroad, you’ll alternate between shady deciduous forest, wetlands, fields, and farmland before reaching Lisbon in 9.5 miles. A refurbished 1868 railroad station serves as the town’s Historical Society Museum and rest area. Rich in history, Lisbon was chartered in the mid-1700s (at the time, wigwams were visible from the town’s center) and has been home to the world’s largest piano sounding board manufacturer, peg mills, and the state’s first ski rope tow. Refreshments are available near the trail.
Nearly 4 miles past Lisbon you will cross the Ammonoosuc River over a former railroad trestle bridge. Just 2 miles later you’ll arrive in Bath, which is known for its three covered bridges. The longest, built in 1832 and 375 feet long, spans the trail and an adjacent waterfall in the river. You may see people fishing and tubing here.
The trail crosses the river again and offers views of forest and farmland on its final 4-mile leg to the Woodsville community in the town of Haverhill. There’s no parking at the trail’s endpoint, but on-street parking is available nearby or at Railroad Park on the Connecticut River via US 302. A segment of the Cross Vermont Trail (Montpelier & Wells River Trail) starts about 2 miles away in Vermont across the Connecticut River.
The Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is also part of the larger 83-mile Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail between Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Bethel, Maine.
To reach the Littleton trailhead from I-93, take Exit 42 onto US 302/Meadow St. toward Littleton. Head east 0.5 mile, turn right onto Industrial Park Road, and then go 0.3 mile to the dirt parking lot on the left. The trailhead is across the street.
To reach the Woodsville trailhead from I-91, take Exit 17 onto US 302 toward Woodsville. Head east 2.6 miles, and bear right onto US 302/Main St. N. Then go 0.1 mile, and turn left onto US 302/Railroad St. Go 0.3 mile, cross the bridge, and stay straight onto US 302/Central St. Go 0.5 mile, and look for the trail on the left at Highland St. Although there is no parking lot at the trail endpoint, street parking is available on Central St.
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