Best Rail-Trails in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire rail-trails trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Rockingham Recreational Trail (Portsmouth Branch)


Edged by two lakes, a river, and a pond, this pretty trail is defined by water. It’s New Hampshire at its best. Surface: Gravel and original ballast. Location: Rockingham County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Manchester, NH - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 25.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Ashuelot Rail-Trail


The Ashuelot Railroad opened this line in 1851, offering service between East Northfield in Massachusetts to Keene, New Hampshire. The line was owned by the Connecticut River Railroad until 1860 and t…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Keene, NH - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 21 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Mason Rail-Trail


A tour of lush New England forest on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Surface: Sand and gravel. Location: Hillsborough County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Mason , NH - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 6.7 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Sugar River Recreational Trail


Think rivers and streams and a dozen bridges. The Sugar River Recreational Trail is a wonderland of forest treasures. Surface: Gravel and original ballast. Location: Sullivan County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Newport, NH - Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 10 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Rockingham Recreational Trail (Portsmouth Branch)


Edged by two lakes, a river, and a pond, this pretty trail is defined by water. It’s New Hampshire at its best. This section of the Boston & Maine Railroad corridor, called the Portsmouth Branch, ori…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Manchester, NH - Rail-Trails - 25.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Sugar River Recreational Trail


Think rivers and streams and a dozen bridges. The Sugar River Recreational Trail is a wonderland of forest treasures.…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Newport, NH - Rail-Trails - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Cotton Valley Rail Trail


A gem of a bike trip meets a paddle to a secluded island nature preserve. Enjoy plenty of wildlife viewing and a public beach, too! The beautiful little town of Wolfeboro, its three lakes, its countle…
From the guidebook "Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont"
Wolfeboro, NH - Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 3.8-12 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail


This idyllic bike path leads you past lakes and streams, and through dense forests in Manchester. Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is nestled in one of the more urban corridors of New Hampshire, con…
From the guidebook "Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont"
Auburn, NH - Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 2.0–20.0 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books