Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

New Hampshire

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Strafford
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: SR 125 at Chestnut Hill Rd. (Rochester) and SR 11 nr. former rubber plant (Farmington)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016647
Trail activites: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail Description

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 popular with snowmobiles in winter.

Parking and Trail Access

In Farmington, park near the old Davidson Rubber Plant off SR 11. In Rochester, access the trail at Chestnut Hill Road and SR 125.

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail Reviews

Even for a mountain bike it is like quick sand when riding; the sand is too soft. The snow mobiles have compacted the dirt and sand down this year in 2015 but, several vehicles park in front of the trails on roadside when crossing across streets making biking a hazard having to cross streets with parked cars at the entry and exit ways.

Started the trail in Rochester this morning. It is very, very sandy and lots of loose larger rocks. Riding my hybrid I turned around after a couple of miles. It had a couple of good, but short, stretches. Clearly isn't being maintained as a bike path. Overgrown, etc. As for the starting point, the junction of Chestnut Hill Road and SR 125 is incorrect. Your best bet is to park on the backside of Spaulding High School and jump on the trail there. The trail actual starts at the junction of Orchard Street and 125, but there is nowhere to park there.

This is a great trail for snowmobiles in the winter but it is not for biking. Parts of the trail have been used by 4 wheelers, even though this use is prohibited, and they really chew up the surface. The gates at various places do not stop the 4 wheelers. This trail has great potential, but unless the State of NH initiates some serious resurfacing and keeps the 4 wheeler of the trail, it is just going to be another trail to stay away from.

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