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.
Towns: Whitefield to Gorham
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.
Towns: Woodsville to Littleton
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.
Towns: Keene to Hinsdale
Length: 21.5 miles
The Ashuelot Rail Trail offers many scenic views along the route as it skirts along the Ashuelot Railroad corridor.
Towns: Franklin to Lebanon
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.
Towns: Walpole to Fitzwilliam
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.
Towns: Manchester to Epping
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.
Towns: Wolfeboro to Wakefield
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.