Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park)

New Hampshire

Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park) Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Hillsborough
Length: 6.05 miles
Trail end points: The Cove and Mill Pond, Mine Falls Park (Nashua)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Canal
ID: 6016489
Trail activities: Bike, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park) Description

The Nashua Canal Trail is part of a series of loop trails in Mine Falls Park, Nashua. A total of 6 miles of trails wind along the canal and river in this beautiful, wooded park. Only 1.2 miles of trail are paved, while the rest are hard-packed dirt. The canal itself, dug by hand in the 1880s, is 3 miles long. The waterfall the canal created powered local mills. The gatehouse was built in 1886 and still allows water to flow to Mill Pond.

Where 7th Street enters the park, you can take it south to link with the Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Mine Falls Park is open from 6 AM to 10 PM. There are several parking and access points. To access the Stadium Road parking lot, take US 3 (Everett Turnpike) to Exit 5W (SR 111/W Hollis St. Travel west for 0.3 mile and turn right on Riverside Drive. Turn left on Stadium Road. You can either park in the small lot by the stadium or continue another 0.2 mile to Millhouse Pond and Gatehouse parking.

Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park) Reviews

went last week for a bike ride. didnt seem to busy, parking was easy to find. has a good amount of trails to pick from so u can loop yourself different ways, and they aren't too difficult. just enough space to kill park of your day outside:) lots of great views by the water. good for walking jogging or biking.

we love it does not really say enough.

This trail is almost in my back yard, but I've never tried it because it's not all paved. Then I remembered that the old Schwinn Mesa Runner that I ride here was sold as a mountain bike, so I decided to give it a try. I was glad I did.

Don't even think about trying this on a road bike or a hybrid with thin tires, but any beefier hybrid or mountain bike will work great. I would think one of the new fat tire bikes would be awesome in this area. For reference, I run 26x1-1/2" Bontrager H2 tires, which I think would be amount the minimum you'd want.

I covered most of the major trails, which are mostly packed dirt. There are a few spots of soft sand, but those seem to be rare. Some tree roots, but not bothersome. There's a nice paved segment off the Whipple Street entrance if you don't like dirt, but it's short. I started at Lincoln Park, where you can follow the paved entrance to the paved section, but I decided to follow the dirt to the south and do the loops.

I wondered about the isolation of these wooded trails, but at 3pm when I went there was a pretty good collection of walkers ranging in age from teens to 80 year olds. Some dog walkers and strollers, but they were all very good about sharing the trail. Bikes seem to be less numerous, but there were a few out besides me.

Overall it's a really nice peaceful ride in the shade while mostly following the river and the canal. More adventuresome mountain bikers can take some of the interior rough trails. If you want a pleasant quiet ride, I recommend this place.

Accordion

I have used the trails for exciting mountain biking, running and walking a super high energy dog, and no matter what you are doing, there are good trails for you. You can walk the large, easy trails or bike or hike the tough trails. I am always considerate of bikers when with my dog, but I have noticed this year that there are people taking dogs there off leash.

Started off from the Gate House Entrance the trail starts off asphalt then to gravel, some grassy area depending what trail you follow. We took the trail along the canal which is nice it can get a little rough in some areas with tree stumps/roots and can get slippery with the pine needles but still a nice ride nice scenery and fun for the whole family...

This trail is really a series of trails in a downtown Nashua park. The park itself is amazingly peaceful and scenic given its location. Most of the trails are gravel, but there is an asphalt section that is a a mile and a half or so.

The biggest problem with this trail is that it is crowded with lots of non-bikers. This is normally not a bad thing, but in this case bikers are a very small minority. Accordingly, the dog-walkers, baby stroller pushers, lovers, and everyone else feel no need to make room for people on bicycles. It's as if bicyclists are seen as intruders. Having to dodge so many people on so many occasions made the ride pretty stressful. This is really too bad since it's a surprisingly scenic place.

I would, however, recommend this trail to people with younger children who are learning how to ride a bike. It's a great escape from urban traffic. I'd also recommend it to people who can't get out from the city itself. For its faults, it's still better than the congested streets of Nashua.

I was slightly surprised to find such a beautiful trail in the middle of Nashua! It's nice and peaceful and gorgeous, too! I can hardly wait to see the snow melt away and see how beautiful it is in the spring and summer. The few people that I encountered were very nice and helpful as well. All around, a good experience that I'm excited to repeat!

Such a wonderful, well kept trail and park. Not a lot of people, just enough runners and fishermen to make you feel not completely alone if you need anything (ask for directions etc). Can't wait to go back.

This is one of my favorite trails. It's right in the middle of Nashua. It doesn't cross any roads. There are multiple off shot paths you can take and explore. The path is made up of paved and dirt trails. On some parts are made for mountain bikes and hikers. But the majority of the trail is level ground that road bikes handle without any issues.

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