Blackmount Rail Trail

New Hampshire

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Blackmount Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Grafton
Length: 5 miles
Trail end points: Woodsvile, NH, Rt 302, behind MacDonalds and North Haverhill, NH
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6371558
Trail activities: ATV, Bike, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Blackmount Rail Trail Description

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 gravel road. In some places the rails are still present in a parallel line. In North Haverhill the trails runs along a series of corn fields right next to Rt. 10 and ends at the village line. Next to some of the corn fields the trail is covered with wood chips which requires biking on the grass.
There is a good spot to enter the trail and park where the trail crosses Rt. 135 about a mile south of Woodsville and a couple of yards from where Rt. 135 joins Rt. 10. A couple of miles south of that the trail crosses Rt.10 and it is necessary to walk across the road at the Grafton County Government Complex. The trail ends at Clark Pond Rd. in North Haverhill
The trail is maintained by local ATV and Snowmobile Clubs

Parking and Trail Access

Rt 302 to Woodsville. Behind MacDonalds, down over the hill, is the old rail yard. The old B & M line going to VT parallels Rt 302 through town. Down in the old 'rail yard', you can see how this line to Blackmount made a big turn and headed south out of the rail yard.
I do not know what it looks like in Olivarian. I will explore that and get back to you.

Blackmount Rail Trail Reviews

I walked this trail today, a Saturday afternoon, with my dog, going from North Haverhill to Woodsville. It starts out being well packed dirt, which wasn't too rutted or puddly, and we had a lot of rain just the other day. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the walking was. Once you get down by the County complex though, the trail is very rocky and dusty. I kept getting grit in my shoes, and my toes were filthy through my running shoes. I only came across one group of ATVs, where the trail crosses 135, and while I was worried about dust it turned out to not be a problem at all. There was a breeze which may have helped clear away the dust, and like I said it has also rained recently.

So overall, this is an easy trail, it is level and in decent condition. But it's not necessarily the most enjoyable walk either.

I can no longer recommend this trail due to the ATVs tearing it up and creating thick soft sand and the authorities dumping ballast rocks on the trail in many places. Youker

This is a nice trail along the Connecticut River and N.H. Rt 10 from Woodsville to North Haverhill where the trail ends at a fruit stand. The pictures show the start in Woodsville where you can connect across two parking lots and Rt. 302 with the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail. You can also cross the highway bridge to Vermont to connect to the Montpelier to Wells River Rail Trail. (Cross Vermont Trail) The rail bridge is closed. Youker 8/25/2010

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