Biking in NH

Biking opportunities are abundant in New Hampshire.  From beautiful back roads and preserved railroad beds (rail trails) to rustic single track mountain biking, you are sure to find plenty of ways to enjoy both road and mountain biking.  Take a look at the links below and also check out the main tourism sites for other suggestions.

Statewide Organizations & Resources

  • Bike-Walk Alliance NH – Working to make New Hampshire better for biking and walking. They advocate for policies, laws and conditions that increase safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Granite State Rail Trail – From the MA/NH border in Salem, NH all the way to the NH/VT border in Lebanon, NH – they collect information from the various local Rail Trail Groups that are working to make the Granite State Rail Trail a reality. View the map of completed and pending projects here.
  • Highland Mountain Bike Park (Northfield) – The world’s only lift access mountain entirely dedicated to biking.
  • NH DOT Bike Path/Routes Information – Bike maps for all over the state are available as pdf files.
  • NH State Parks – List of Division of Parks and Recreation trails where mountain biking is allowed.
  • Recreational Rail Trail information produced by NH State Parks.

Regional Clubs & Organizations

  • Bike Manchester – Celebrate bicycling in the Queen City and promotes it by advocating for better bicycle infrastructure and safe bicycle riding.
  • Central NH Bike Coalition (Concord)
  • Coos Cycling Club (Greater Gorham) – For riders of all ability levels.
  • Franklin Falls Dam Conservation Area (Franklin) – For fun and flowy mountain- or fat-biking, try the artfully carved trails.
  • Friends of Massabesic Bicycling Association (Manchester) – Friends of Massabesic Bicycling Association (FOMBA) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving bicycling privileges within the Lake Massabesic watershed. Mountain bike routes around Lake Massabesic.
  • Granite State Wheelmen (Southern NH) – The Granite State Wheelmen is New England’s most active adult recreational bicycling club.  Check out organized weekday, weekend and multi-day rides for road and off-road biking. They also have social events and winter activities. They offer an E-Group to get regular email communications.
  • Laconia Area Bike Exchange – Dedicated to providing inexpensive, alternative transportation in the form of refurbished bicycles to adults  who would benefit from greater mobility as it relates to both professional and personal life.
  • Lakes Region Bicycling – Information about bicycling in the Lakes Region with links to resources and member created bike routes.
  • New Hampshire Cycling Club (Concord area) – The New Hampshire Cycling Club & Team New Hampshire promotes competitive bicycle racing among people of all ages.. Each summer NHCC promotes a 20-plus week race series at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
  • Pathways for Keene – PFK is a non-profit to promote the development and use of public bicycle and pedestrian pathways in the City of Keene. The site has a map of all pathways throughout Keene as well as popular cycling routes in Cheshire County.  The group also coordinates a Green Bike Program which provides free bikes for use throughout Keene.
  • Salem Bike-Ped Corridor – A paved, multi-use trail that provides a safe, family-friendly place for outdoor activities and transportation.

Best places to bike map courtesy of New Hampshire Magazine.

Rail Trails & Rail Trail Organizations

  • Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (Hinsdale)
  • Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (Fitzwilliam)
  • Cotton Valley Rail Trail (Wolfeboro) – 12 mile hard packed trail – walking, biking, running,  wildlife viewing, fishing and railway motor cars.
  • Cross NH Adventure Trail – 83 miles of rail trails, dirt roads, bike paths and quiet paved roads linked together for a route across northern New Hampshire.
  • Derry Rail Trail – Information on the rail trail that connects to Windham rail trail.  This is an active project, with continued paving in process.
  • Goffstown Rail Trail
  • Granite State Rail Trail –
  • Londonderry Trailways – This is an all-volunteer organization to increase and improve the availability of trails for low impact recreation and active transportation in Londonderry.
  • NH Rail Trails Coalition – A collaboration of rail trail organizations and users.
  • Northern Rail Trail (Grafton County) – Over 23 miles of track for four-season trail use that is open to hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and bicycling, but motorized wheeled vehicles are prohibited.
  • Piscataquog Trail (Manchester) – A 10 ft wide, paved recreational trail in the West Side of Manchester.
  • Presidential Rail Trail (North Country)
  • Windham Rail Trail Alliance (Windham) – A paved 4.1 mile trail that starts from the intersection of Routes 111 and 28 in Salem continuing to a point on North Lowell Road, Windham.
  • Winnipesaukee River Trail (Franklin) –  A 3-mile trail that parallels the Winnipesaukee River and passes the historic views of mill ruins and dams.
  • WOW (Winnisquam-Opechee-Winnipesaukee) Trail (Laconia) – An active project that will create a multi-use recreational trail through the city of Laconia, alongside the active railroad bed. The WOW Trail will connect the Laconia communities of Weirs Beach and Lakeport with downtown.

Do you have additional trails you’d be willing to share? How about stories about your best rides? We’d also love to show off your photos of you or your friends riding! To share them, please visit our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram, or send an email to info@stayworkplay.org.