Common Pathway

New Hampshire

Common Pathway Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Hillsborough
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Cabana Dr. and Route 202 (Peterborough) and Scott Mitchell Road (Hancock)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6542679
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Common Pathway Description

Common Pathway runs for nearly 7 miles from the south end of Peterborough north to Hancock. The trail is a combination of asphalt and gravel and follows an old railroad right-of-way along the Contoocook River.
Begin the trail just south of downtown Peterborough near Noone Falls where Cabana Drive meets Jaffrey Road (US 202). The trail runs between the river and Jaffrey Road north through town, meandering its way to end near the Peterborough Recycling Center on Scott Mitchell Road in Hancock.

Parking and Trail Access

In Hancock, park behind the Peterborough Recycling Center on Scott Mitchell Road.

Common Pathway Reviews

Good trail until you get to the center of town (Peterborough). I don't care to ride where there is a lot of traffic. Also, the trail after crossing RTE 101 we picked up the trail again but it's condition was worse than north of Peterborough.

Wednesday 6/29/16 made the trip North to South and back with a stop at the Noone Falls Café for refreshment.

Made an easy 1.5 hr ramble on the hybrid bikes. Trail was in good shape with little traffic. Gave a chance to speculate on how good the canoeing on the river might be.

This is a great way to get a little exercise without a lot of hassle.

It is possible to take this trail from Peterborough up beyond the recycling center to South Elmwood Road, just south of Elmwood Junction. That brings the ride distance to about 8 miles. At that point, you can follow S Elmwood Road to rt 202 and jog a left onto Elmwood Road where you'll find another section of old rail trail that goes about another mile to route 37. This last section is suitable for mountain bikes only. Round trip from Peterborough is about 18 miles.

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