Londonderry Rail Trail

New Hampshire

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Londonderry Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Rockingham
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Harvey Rd, between Planeview Dr & Wester Rd and SR 28/Rockingham Rd & Seasons Lane (Londonderry)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7701601

Londonderry Rail Trail Description

The smooth paved surface of the Londonderry Rail Trail offers a pleasant, tranquil 4.5-mile adventure for trail users in south-central New Hampshire. Its route follows a corridor once used by the Manchester and Lawrence Railroad, which started operations in the mid-1800s as a way to connect Manchester with Boston. The railroad ceased operations in the 1980s, and the creation of the rail-trail began in earnest in 2012.

As part of the future 125-mile Granite State Rail Trail, which one day will stretch from Massachusetts to the Vermont border, the Londonderry Rail Trail will eventually span 6 miles and serve as a connection between the developing South Manchester Rail Trail to the north and the Derry Rail Trail to the south.

A good place to begin your journey is at the trailhead on Sanborn Road. A small parking lot sits adjacent to Sanborn Road just east of the trail, and additional parking is available across the street at the North Londonderry Elementary School (when school is not in session).

From here, head east on the trail through quiet, wooded neighborhoods. The first mile from the trailhead forms a straight shot on an elevated embankment—a remnant of the original railroad corridor infrastructure—but with a few dips down across neighborhood streets. The trail’s surface is well maintained, and signage is good for the entire length of the trail.

The rail-trail opens up as it passes the North Londonderry Park & Ride, which is the second key parking area for the route. Passing under I-93, the route veers south toward the center of town. Immediately following the underpass, you’ll pass some tranquil ponds and wetlands located on the east side of the trail.

After a few street crossings, the route follows Independence Drive a short distance before entering another beautiful wooded section. The remaining miles take you through some tranquil wetland areas—you might forget your proximity to I-93 and the town in this pristine natural sanctuary. The trail's southeast end is on NH 28/Rockingham Rd by the intersection with Seasons Lane. Watch for turtles and other wildlife as you cross through a peat bog in this section of trail.

Please note that there is currently no parking at the southeast terminus, and travel to and from this point would be challenging for nonmotorized users due to the current infrastructure. Plans are in the works to extend the trail across NH 28 and eventually create a direct connection with the Derry Rail Trail to the south. The southern end of the Derry Rail Trail connects seamlessly with the Windham Rail Trail, which connects to the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor and the Fremont Branch of the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available by the northwest end of the trail in the airport runway view parking lot (106 Harvey Road, Londonderry) at the southern end of the runway. Additional parking can be found at the Exit 5 Park & Ride (4 Symmes Drive, Londonderry), along Independence Drive (parallel roadside parking spaces), and at North Elementary School (19 Sanborn Rd, Londonderry) but only when school is not in session.

There is currently no dedicated parking at the trail’s southeast terminus. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.

Londonderry Rail Trail Reviews

Londonderry Rail Trail

Started at Northwest entrance, parking across from the North Londonderry School. as you approach the trail, go left towards Derry and if you go right for a mile you will end up looking at Manchester Airport, as of this review the trail is not finish or started.

Go towards Derry for 3.5 miles and you will end up on Route 28. you have two options. Cross over 28 and there is a single track, I mean single track that should take to the Derry Bike path. The other is to follow 28 for about 3/4 of mile, on your right is A street then left on B street which turns into Franklin Street Extension, left at the fork on to Folsom Road bearing right on to N. High Street the two yellow marks for the Derry Rail Trail are visible .

The Derry Rail Trail connects seamlessly to the Windam Rail Trail, there is the B&M caboose at this trail head. Follow the Windam rail Trail to the Salem Rail Trail which is only a couple of miles right now.

All in all we had a great ride with all four trails. I hope this Help others to enjoy these trail. Can't wail for all the extensions and improvements.

Beautiful trail

This trail is in great shape…only wish it were longer…we will ride again.

nice easy trail

We started at airport and went out 2.5 miles and then turned around. Easy path, smells wonderful, leaf changing colors breathtaking! We loved the scannable QR codes that teach you along the way about plants, trees, sites etc. we learned quote apt!

great trail… can connect for longer rides!!

Start at Londonderry (by airport) trail is 4.5 miles ends at A neighborhood… google the mile trek to Derry Trail Head - the Derry trail is 3.9 miles (make sure you stop at the Grind on the Rail Trail for lunch! In Derry!) then connects to the Windham Rail Trail which is 4.3 miles and will continue another 5 miles in Salem NH.


windham rail Trail

Great trail real nice walk lots to see parking closed on the southern end

Link to

I have found a nice way to link to the Windham Depot to Derry Trail. At the southern end, cross over Rockingham Road onto Seasons Lane and turn left onto Coteville Rd. At the end of Coteville there is a short path through the woods that comes out on Franklin St Ext. Follow Franklin and turn right onto Mitchell Ave. At the end of Mitchell is a path that goes to the Windham Depot.

Easy and Peaceful

This is one of my family’s favorites as it was the first rail trial we ever did. The trail is all paved, pretty much flat throughout, and easily accessed. Apparently they are planning to add an additional few miles on the northern end by 2022. The only drawbacks are that it can get crowded, it can be buggy (it is near a lot of wetland), and of you like challenging trails it isn’t the best choice for you. Overall we love it

Nice, peaceful trail

The Londonderry Rail Trail is a nice, flat, peaceful trail. For an early morning walk, you will greet several other people out walking or jogging. The scenery includes business, residential, and scenic wetlands. Plenty of parking at the bus terminal.

Londonderry Rail Trail

This is a very nice trail. It’s a very easy , flat, smooth surface. The parking lot is large enough to give you time and room to get your bike and gear together. The only thing I wasn’t thrilled with is having to cross busy roads and the space between the bollards could be a little wider.

rail trail londonderry

Beautiful scenic trail, wide, not too crowded!


I truly enjoy this trail and noticed that graffiti was covered recently, however right after it was covered new graffiti was done😔. I wish there were security cameras in that area to catch whoever is doing this and heavy fines. We should be working together to make it better. Why ruin a nice trail?


Excellent trail however, it is a bit short. When it is eventually linked to Derry to the south and Manchester to the north it will be one of our states best trails.

Nice trail

I live at the beginning of the trail. There are always nice people on it. I run it almost daily. The scenery is nice and they just opened the second stretch into Derry.

Rail trail Londonderry

We are so thrilled to have this trail. We live at the end of phase three on Seasons lane and look forward to its opening. We walk and bike the trail. It's fantastic to see others out enjoying it as well. It brings the community together Love the 603 tasting room in between as well :0


Great for a quick walk/ride in any season

Well maintained, no grade paved trail. Easy to access from public parking. Now paved 2 miles - south to Liberty Road.

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