Warren Recreational Rail Trail

New Hampshire

Warren Recreational Rail Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Grafton
Length: 10.7 miles
Trail end points: Water St. at School St. (Warren) and Jeffers Hill Road (Haverhill)
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016390
Trail activities: ATV, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Warren Recreational Rail Trail Description

The Warren Recreational Rail Trail starts from an interesting landmark: a Redstone missile brought to Warren by a resident who served in the Army in Alabama in 1970. He found some obsolete missiles in a field and arranged with the Army to transport one back to Warren, aiming to bring something of America's thriving (and far-removed) space program closer to local youth. Placed in the town center in 1971, it remains a prominent fixture. 

The rail-trail (a.k.a. the Jesse E. Bushaw Memorial Trail or New Hampshire Snowmobile Corridor No. 5) is a pleasant and picturesque 10-mile multipurpose route. The hard-packed dirt surface is generally wide, smooth and flat, and motorized use is permitted, making it popular among ATV riders in summer and snowmobilers in winter. The trail also welcomes walkers, bikers, equestrians and anglers eager to try their luck in trailside brooks and ponds. 

While most of the route is straight with few technical obstacles, between miles 6 and 7, the trail dips and climbs steeply as it diverges from the rail bed to follow State Route 25. Where it rejoins the corridor, the route again runs straight and flat. Around mile 8, just after you pass the concrete cubes protecting this section of the trail from motorized use, you'll enter the Oliverian Valley Wildlife Preserve's Habitat Management Demonstration Area. Viewing platforms on both sides of the path help you keep an eye out for birds and other wildlife. 

In the final stretch, the trail passes under power lines, swings to the right and crosses a brook. You’ll emerge on State Route 25 at the Oliverian School and a baseball field. The trail continues across the road behind the school buildings and goes about a mile to Jeffers Hill Road.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Warren trailhead, take Interstate 93 to Exit 26 and follow State Route 25 west about 20 miles to Warren. In Warren, head toward the Redstone missile prominently displayed in the town center. The Warren E. Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail begins along the dirt road that leads into the woods directly behind the missile.

The East Haverhill trailhead is right on State Route 25, across from the Oliverian School admissions office, highlighted by a string of light poles.

Warren Recreational Rail Trail Reviews

I did the western part of this trail August 15 and the east part August 16,2013 from about the Appalachian Trail crossing . The surface has deteriorated greatly in the last three years from ATV and dirt bike use with lots of thick loose sand, embedded stones and water holes. I had to walk several sections around deep mud holes. For most of the 6 miles you had to ride high on the sides to avoid the loose sand. Youker

January 2013, I parked at the AT parking lot in Glencliff on Rt 25. From there to the Missile in Warren was 5 miles. The ski in both directions was quite enjoyable.

Did this trail on April 27, 2013 on a hybrid bike with knobby 38c tires. I had a great time, but it presented some challenges. From E Haverhill to Warren, the direction I traveled the trail, it is basically downhill. Within the first 10 minutes I had to walk & carry the bike through a swampy railroad cut for about 100 yards. Had a couple of other occasions when I had to walk the bike as well, but for shorter distances. There is a section of the trail of about a mile, I'm guessing, where you're riding on Rt 25. Don't miss the cliffs on your left while you're on the road. It is not a hard packed trail & so is not suitable for road bikes. It took me an hour & 13 minutes to cycle from E. Haverhill to Warren (with some stops along the way to see the scenery). I traveled Rt 25 from Warren back to E. Haverhill & that took me 50 minutes. Enjoy the trail & don't miss the town missile in Warren (where else can you see one?).

Accordion

I did this trail in pieces several days in early August 2010 to scout it out completely. There are eight places to join this interesting and variable 11 mile trail along N.H. Rt. 25. 1. At the town park and Redstone Missile in Warren. The trail also continues further souteast 2. At Gould Hill Rd. off Swain Road 3. At Station Road in Glencliff 4. At the parking lot for the Appalachian Trail just west of Glencliff 5. Where the trail ends and joins Rt 25 6. At spot a few hundred yards further along Rt 25 where the trail goes up a short hill and becomes a fresh logging road for a mile or so 7. At the Oliverian School and Rt 25 where the trail goes east on a double track to the concrete blocks at the end of the Oliverian property There is a short stretch between this section and the logging road where the right of way is not cleared by the ATV clubs and is grown up with small brush. One of the pictures shows this section where on can walk their bike about 25 yards between the end of the logging road and the concrete blocks. 8. Jeffers Hill Road off Rt 25 a mile west of the Oliverian School for a total of 11 miles. The grade is gentle in both directions. The logging road section is not a bad surface at all and I had no trouble with a hybrid bike. I did see both ATVs and Dirt Bikes on the trail. Youker 8/25/2010

8/4/10 I did about two miles at each end of the trail. The snowmobile/ATV trail goes longer in both directions. It is not hard to find the entrance in East Haverhill in the middle of the Oliverian School complex and the first 100 yards are easy to see crushed stone. There is no Oliverian Valley Campground but there is a baseball field. After a short piece the trail becomes a smooth two track dirt road. The other end in Warren has some auto traffic in the beginning and also ATV traffic for the whole length. It is a slight upgrade and a bit of loose gravel from the 4 wheel use. Youker

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