Goffstown Rail Trail

New Hampshire

Goffstown Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Hillsborough
Length: 5.5 miles
Trail end points: Route 13 (Goffstown) and Pinard Street (Pinardville)
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017566
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Goffstown Rail Trail Description

The Goffstown Rail Trail is open, but still in development. About half of the Goffstown Rail Trail has hard packed gravel surface. Goffstown Rail Trail stretches just over 5 miles in length. A bridge connects the Goffstown Rail Trail with the Piscataquog Trail, which is slightly over two miles in length. Throughout your journey on Goffstown Rail Trail you will be surrounded by beautiful trees and several bodies of water. The various surface types of the Goffstown Rail Trail make an array of activities including, mountain biking, walking, and cross country skiing.

 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at several locations: at the Goffstown Parks & Recreation building on Mast Road, At the Mast Road Trailhead, across from Villa Augustina Field, and at the Hillsborough County Offices (

Goffstown Rail Trail Reviews

Yes, some sand in places, but otherwise, this is a beautiful trail, well maintained, with safe road crossings and an overall very good dirt/cinder surface. The trail appears to end at the School Bus Depot, but if you continue down the road, it reconnects through the woods for a short distance before taking you out onto Main St of Goffstown. Beware, the Chipmunks are fearless!

Very nice wide trail that is easy to walk with Beautiful views

Loved it so nice level and well-maintained beautiful Walk!!!

Accordion

I recently reviewed the Piscatoquog River Trail. In that review, I indicated that because I was on my road bike, I decided not to ride the Goffstown Rail Trail (GRT) due to the surface. I just rode the GRT on my hybrid and am glad I didn't try it on my road bike. The surface changes numerous times from dirt to hard-packed gravel to sand. Needless to say, sand is difficult to bike through. This trail would be more enjoyable if the surface was consistent. Make sure to ride it with knobby tires that have some width. Hopefully the town has plans to resurface it.
Even though the trail crosses the road a few times, the crossings are protected by crosswalks and lights. They are very safe.
Scenery-wise, it's a nice trail to ride. It passes by a potter's field, behind a women's prison, in the woods, and by Glen Lake. The town of Goffstown is really quaint and is a nice place to grab a bite to eat. If you like coffee places, check out Apotheca.

really cool trail to workout 22 miles in 2 hours looks real for me.

Started off from the Fisher Cat Stadium and followed the bike path to the Goffstown Rail Trail...nice long ride and very scenic. Lots of people walking,running, riding their bikes. On a nice day expect to see a lot of people especially early afternoon. So you really got to pay attention when your biking. Expect to see some Graffiti along the way...there is little trails that lead down to the waters edge...and if you really want to be adventurous there are trails off the path which are pretty nice, fun to go exploring...I would recommend this trial to anyone who likes to stay active...

We rode east from Davis Park Rd (east of downtown Goffstown), all the way into Manchester and ended on the bridge over the Merrimack River. The trail is asphalt from ~Agnes Street east, but even the gravel stretch was mostly in very good shape. We rode on hybrid bikes and had no issues. Looking forward to trying the western stretch of the trail.

They are wrapping up a major construction project that replaced the bridge near Pinard Street to connect to the section of trail that is in Manchester. They also did work on the section of trail we haven't tried as yet.

There are several places to park along the trail, but they are not well marked. It appears that they are creating a parking space right along Rt. 13 a little west of where we started. Will post an update after we try the other section.

I found parking for this trail off Pinard Street directly behind the apartment complex which is across the street from the former St. Edmond's Church, which is now Shiloh Church. When you enter apartment complex, it looks as though you're on their property, but it's a public road. Follow it past the apartments, and then the road (only about 500' long) drops around and down to the very beginning of the trail on the Manchester (easterly) end of the trail. There's room for about 6 or 7 cars, or more if you want to park on the side of that road on the downhill portion. I will go there again today to check on this and will update to make sure it hasn't changed since my last time there (early summer).

Over the spring & summer I have biked the section from Shirley Park Rd to the Manchester line. The sections that are done are level & a very nice ride. There are two areas where you have to cross Route 114, which can be tricky depending on the time of day. It will be a great addition when the trestle at the Manchester/Goffstown line is completed, where it will be a straight shot from the village of Goffstown all the way to downtown Manchester. The people involved in clearing the rails to trails have done a great job so far. Looking forward to its completion...

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