Granite Town Rail-Trail

New Hampshire

Granite Town Rail-Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Hillsborough
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: Milford (DPW garage on South Street) and Brookline town line
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015118
Trail activites: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Granite Town Rail-Trail Description

Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the
bridge in the parking area, the trail
starts behind the fence, crossing over
Great Brook on a old dam.
Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St.
you will come to a concrete span over
Great Brook.
Mile 0.66 - Trail users cross under Rt.
101 in a tunnel 110 long and 66 high.
We have heard three very differing
reasons for this tunnel: an over-flow
culvert for Great Brook, a snowmobile
passage and a bunny tunnel.
Mile 1.2  South of Armory Rd. the
trail leaves the RR grade and passes
through private property on a trail
easement. Please respect the rights of
the landowner and stay on the trail.
Mile 2.17 - The trains used to pass
under Melendy Rd. The road cut was
filled sometime in the 1940s.
Mile 2.95  Town Line. The rail-trail
continues another 4 miles in Brookline.

Parking and Trail Access

West side of Rt. 13, ¾ of a mile south of Milfords downtown, at the Public Works Garage.

Granite Town Rail-Trail Reviews

This trail follows an old rail trail that has been maintained by the local snowmobile clubs. The town of Milford NH describes the trail at: http://www.milford.nh.gov/town/boards-committees-and-commissions/conservation-commission/hiking-trails
There is a small parking lot next to the DPW on Rt 13 just north of Rt 101 on the left.
The trail runs around behind the DPW, crosses a narrow concrete bridge and then heads off along the rail trail.
There are several scenic beaver ponds along the route which in the fall should be spectacular.
Much of the trail is packed gravel where it can follow the old rail bed.
But, there are roads and small neighborhoods that filled in the original rail road right-of-way.
There is a continuous path around these neighborhoods but they climb some hills around the granite quarry and have a lot of tree roots making biking difficult.
Once into Brookline, there are lots of connecting snowmobile trails that can be used to make a ride of any length. Unfortunately, the rail trail in Brookline still has some stretches with a few RR ties poking up making biking a wee bit bumpy.
A great trail for a mountain bike but not a road bike or even a hybrid.

I parked in the village of Milford and biked down rt 13 south to the town garage where the trail head is. Mile ~1.2 near where the trail leaves the RR grade and passes through private property was the location of a series of switch back rail tracks that allowed a train to traverse up that hill, probably in support of the rock quarry that was at the top. (This can be seen on old Dept of the Interior US Geological maps of Milford.) I then rode the rail trail down into Brookline where other trails become available. For the return route, I found a trail that eventually took me back to Osgood Road in Milford. I passed some interesting spots, like the remains of other granite quarries. There are other trails I need to go back to explore. If you get on the trails that are off of the Rail Trail, there are some pretty steep and rocky grades to deal with. On the rail trail itself, there are lots of tree roots. I've done this ride on both a hard tail and full suspension mountain bikes. It's a lot more enjoyable with a full suspension bike.

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