New Boston Rail Trail

New Hampshire

New Boston Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Hillsborough
Length: 3.9 miles
Trail end points: New Boston/Goffstown town line and Hillsborough County Youth Center
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017536
Trail activities: Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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New Boston Rail Trail Description

The New Boston Rail Trail follows the old railroad line of the same name, running along the Piscataquog River between the Hillsborough County Youth Center in New Boston and Route 114, about 4 miles to the north.

The trail is heavily wooded and includes a beautiful footbridge over the river. The route is unpaved and best suited for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Its close proximity to the river also provides an opportunity for fishing. In the winter, the trail can be used by cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Midway, the trail winds through Lang Station State Forest, offering connections to additional footpaths and horse trails.

Parking and Trail Access

Ample parking is available at the Hillsborough County Youth Center grounds on the southern end of the trail. The entrance is off Route 13 (River Road). From downtown New Boston, head north on Route 13 for 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Hilldale Lane. Bear right through the Youth Center grounds to the barns at the end of the road. Park on the right. Be aware that during the July 4th holiday and the Hillsborough County Fair Days in September, you will have to pay admission to park here.

A second parking area is available mid-trail within the Lang Station State Forest on Gregg Mill Road. This area is about 2.8 miles from the New Boston town center.

New Boston Rail Trail Reviews

County grounds to Gregg Mill is a typical well maintained rail trail. Gregg Mill to Parker is a decent single track with some roots but not terrible for a Mountain Bike. The last section Parker to 114 is bumpier but still not bad. There are a few sections that could be muddy after rain, but in July it was fine. It ends at 114 across from Mr G's tire.

There is parking at the County, Gregg Mill and a smaller section at Parker.

We rode this trail beginning at the 4-H center in New Boston. Parking was ample for our April ride. The first section is wide and quite easy going. The next section is narrow and there were occasional trees down. The third section was a mess for us on our hard tail mountain bikes. We chose not to return the way we had come but thought about picking up the Goffstown rail trail and riding into Manchester, where we would pick up our car and return for our other vehicle. I had taken a spill on the start of the third section and my injuries proved to uncomfortable to continue on as planned. My partner rode back on the narrow and winding Route 13/River Road, while I walked my bike along the same route, just to keep moving. There is talk about improving the last two sections of trail and some are asking to have it remain the experience that it currently is, which I find limiting to most riders I see on other rail trails.

I rode the full stretch today from New Boston up to rt 114. This is really more of a hiking trail that they allow mountain bikes on. Parts of the rail trail are all but taken over by tree growth, but that made the ride more fun, IMO. Most of the stretch has exposed tree roots and remaining rail ties. I had fun mowing over everything with my 29'er full suspension mt bike, but I would have hated this ride on a hard tail bike. It's really scenic the way it runs along the Piscataquog River. There were lots of people swimming and fishing near the Gregg Mill Road crossing. From the New Boston fair grounds up to Gregg Mill Road, it's a fairly easy ride, with some roots and rail ties here and there. From Gregg Mill Road to Parker Road, it turns into mostly very rooty single track with abandoned rail ties. Some places were really jarring. On the other side of Parker Road, it got very wet and muddy. The last stretch approaching rt 114 was all rutted wet mud and dogs barking from the back yards of homes along there. I felt like a spy trying to sneak across enemy lines. I opted to turn right on rt 114 and then right onto Parker Road back to the crossing instead of going back through the muck on the trail. Overall, I found this trail to be a lot more interesting than most of the other southern NH rail trails I rode this summer. I just wish it was longer.

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