Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail

New Hampshire

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Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Merrimack
Length: 5.65 miles
Trail end points: 25 Fisherville Rd (Concord) and High S & Rte 103 (Bradford)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8117890


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Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail Description

Following the historic Concord-Claremont Railroad corridor, the Concord–Lake Sunapee Rail Trail will eventually connect communities from Concord to the southern point of Lake Sunapee via a multiuse trail. From east to west, the former railroad line meanders through the towns of Concord, Hopkinton, Warner, Sutton, Bradford, and Newbury. Currently, there are four open sections of the Concord–Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. The Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail maintain the existing sections and are working towards completing the rail-trail, which will be 34 miles when finished.

Fisherville Road to Carter Hill Road (Concord) - 2.5 miles

From 25 Fisherville Road, the rail-trail heads west through fields and has a stone dust surface until the Barn at Bull Meadow driveway. The route continues as a natural surface trail to Carter Hill Road, but additional resurfacing with stone dust is planned for spring 2023--making a total of 1.25 miles. The final 1.25 miles to Carfter Hill Road will be resurfaced later in 2023. The entirety of the 2.5 miles is open for use, but hybrid bikes are recommended. There is a parking lot with seven spaces, a bicycle station with a pump, and an information kiosk for the trail at 25 Fisherville Road, Concord. It is possible to access the trail from Carter Hill Road, but no parking or amenities are available. 

Warner Rail Trail and Bagley Rail Trail (Warner) - 1 mile

The Warner Rail Trail and the Bagley Rail Trail are part of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. Heading northwest from the Dalton Covered Bridge to Warner's charming downtown, the 0.3-mile Warner Rail Trail includes a Story Walk.

The Story Walk runs between Depot Street and Joppa Covered Bridge. Starting at the Pilsbury Free Library on Depot Street, a story is revealed page-by-page over the course of twenty-one podiums placed along the route. There is a new story every month.

Running parallel to the Warner River and NH-103, the Bagley Field Rail Trail is a straight, 0.7-mile trail. A half-mile extension to the west is currently underway and the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail hope to extend the trail into the village of Warner as well. 

There is an information kiosk for the trail on Depot Street.

Stevens Rail Trail (Contoocook) - 1.65 miles

The Stevens Rail Trail is part of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and offers a quiet, wooded route in Contoocook Village. Running between Old Warner Road in Davisville and the intersection of Spring Street and Krzyzaniak Lane in Hopkinton, the trail has been resurfaced with a fine stone dust. Parking is available in Davisville to the right of the trail gate on Old Warner Road and in Hopkinton by the town's library. In Hopkinton, there is an informational kiosk and parking to the right of the Hopkinton library. From the library, follow the back access road to the intersection of Spring Street and Krzyzaniak Lane, where you'll find the orange trail gate. 

Tilly Wheeler Trail and Lower Lake Todd (Bradford) - 0.5 miles

This section of the trail runs from the intersection of High Street and Route 103 to Church Street in Bradford. There are benches along the route, which also includes the Robert D. Saturley Memorial Bridge. There is a bicycle station with a pump and an information kiosk on the trail by the High Street entrance.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions. 

Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail Reviews

early spring bike ride

The trail is very well marked with easy parking. Lucky I had my fat bike today for todays ride. Trail conditions changed from dry, wet, icy packed to snow plowing. It was fun to experience all seasons in one day with a bike to handle deep mud. It’s early spring and expected.

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