Rocky Branch Trail (NH)

New Hampshire

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Rocky Branch Trail (NH) Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Carroll
Length: 9 miles
Trail end points: Jenks Hill/Rocky Branch Rd. (Jericho Rd.) and Pinkham Notch Rd. (White Mountain National Forest)
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016515

Rocky Branch Trail (NH) Description

Bicycles are permitted only on the first 2.3 miles of the trail, up to the wilderness boundary (marked with signs). Hiking and cross-country skiing only are allowed past this point.

Parking and Trail Access

There is trailhead parking at both Jenks Hill/Rocky Branch/Jericho roads and at Pinkham Notch Road (SR 16).

Rocky Branch Trail (NH) Reviews

Good ride for explorers

"This former logging railroad was only in existence from 1908 to 1914. It was built with 11 miles of leased rails. Unlike standard railroads, logging railroads were built cheap and quick and had much steeper grades than standard railroads. The tail surface varies from firm and smooth to steep and rocky where the trail was rerouted to avoid a stream crossing. Bicycles are only allowed on the first 2.3 miles of the trail. The wilderness boundary is marked. Riders must either turnaround here or leave their bike and continue walking. While fairly remote, a bike lock could be used to secure your bike to a tree while you continue on foot to explore this trial.

I rode this trail in August 2006 form the gate at the end of Jericho Road north to the posted Dry Wilderness Area. The scenery was fantastic. If you enjoy exploring, this trail and some of the fire roads can be used to put together a respectable ride. The trail surface is not ballast as stated in the trail info on this website; logging railroads typically did not invest money on ballast.

Limited bike access

The middle section of this trail lies in the Dry River Wilderness are that is closed to bikes. Foot travel is allowed.


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