7 Recreational Rail Trails In New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire is home to dozens of recreational rail-trails that are used year-round by hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, OHRVs, equestrians, and sled dogs.

#1. Presidential Range Rail Trail

Towns: Whitefield to Gorham

Counties: Coos

Length: 18 miles

The Presidential Range Rail Trail begins at Cherry Pond in Whitefield, passing through the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Israel River, and Moose River in New Hampshire’s North Country.


#2. Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

Towns: Woodsville to Littleton

Counties: Grafton

Length: 19.2 miles

The Ammonoosuc Rail Trail traces the Ammonoosuc River, making it a fishing destination, kayaking, and canoeing. The trail passes through various landscapes and small historic towns that are great for sightseeing, shopping, or vacationing. ATVing, hiking, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are permitted.


#3. Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail

Towns: Keene to Hinsdale

Counties: Cheshire

Length: 21.5 miles

The Ashuelot Rail Trail offers many scenic views along the route as it skirts along the Ashuelot Railroad corridor.


#4. Northern Rail Trail

Towns: Franklin to Lebanon

Counties: Grafton/Merrimack

Length: 57.6 miles

The Northern Recreational Rail Trail permits walking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, dogsledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The trail skirts the shore of Mascoma Lake, where you can enjoy a swim on a hot summer afternoon.


#5. Cheshire Rail Trail

Towns: Walpole to Fitzwilliam

Counties: Cheshire

Length: 32.9 miles

The Cheshire Rail Trail passes through Fitzwilliam, Troy, Keene, Westmoreland, and North Walpole. The trail provides various uses, including mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.


#6. Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail

Towns: Manchester to Epping

Counties: Hillsborough/Newfields

Length: 21.8 miles

The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is one of the most popular rail-trails in all of Southern New Hampshire. In winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dogsledding are permitted.


#7. Cotton Valley Rail Trail

Towns: Wolfeboro to Wakefield

Counties: Carroll

Length: 12 miles

The Cotton Valley Rail Trail is a four-season trail that is not only excellent for walking and biking, but it is one of the only remaining trails that has rails intact.

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