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The South Manchester Rail Trail is a proposed bike/pedestrian path that would connect the downtown Millyard area of Manchester to the Town on Londonderry. The South Manchester Rail Trail will utilize the Right-of-Way (ROW) of the abandoned Boston and Maine Railroad.
A portion of the South Manchester Rail Trail has already been constructed and is currently being used. This section begins at Gold Street and continues north to its intersection with South Beech Street. This section of trail links to Nutts Pond/Precourt Park recreational area and provides access points from the local neighborhood side streets. This section of the South Manchester Rail Trail is referred to as the Nutts Pond Segment and is generally residential/wooded in nature.
The proposed segment from Gold Street to Goffs Falls Road was designed along with the Nutts Pond segment, but has not yet been constructed. The portion from S. Beech Street to the Riverwalk and has not yet been designed. This last segment should provide links via the Hands Across the Merrimack Pedestrian Bridge between the Piscatquog Trail and the South Manchester Rail Trail.
The creation of the South Manchester Rail Trail will serve as a safe accessible link to businesses, parks, ponds, brooks, and other assets to the City of Manchester, its citizens and the surrounding communities.
From I-293 (NH Route 101), take the South Willow Street exit. Proceed north of South Wiliow Street to Driving Park Road. This is the entrance to Precourt Park. There is a path that leads from the parking lot to the trail crossing a small bridge.
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