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The Harrisville Rail Trail runs for just under two miles between the outskirts of Harrisville and Hancock in rural New Hampshire. The former railroad bed is located on lands conserved by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, and the trail is surrounded by beautiful, pristine woodlands.
The trail begins in the west at a turnoff from Hancock Road, marked by a granite abutment, and takes you over the Nubanusit Brook via a new footbridge, which was the result of a lengthy volunteer project to complete the trail. You are quickly enveloped by trees and natural beauty - the trail is particularly lovely in the fall as the leaves are turning - as the trail heads east through the woods, passing by a small lake before reaching Jaquith Road, the culmination of this short, but beautiful path.
However, after this crossing it might be better to hike than ride, since the old rail ties are buried and make for a very bumpy ride.
Parking is available at the western trailhead off of Hancock Road.
To reach the western trailhead from the direction of Manchester, take I-293 to State Route 101, and follow the signs for SR-101/SR-114 to continue on SR-101. Turn left at the intersection with Boynton St to stay on SR-101, and proceed for about 15 miles through the town of Peterborough. Turn right onto SR-137 (Brush Brook Rd), followed by a left onto Cobb Meadow Rd. Proceed for about 1.5 miles, then stay straight to continue onto Bonds Corner Rd. Turn left at the end of the road onto Hancock Rd, and the turnoff to the trail will be on the right in about 500 feet (look for the granite structure on the left to mark the turn).
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