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Ayer-Pepperell Line Professional Review and Guide
"Town of Ayer, Groton, and Pepperell, to the New Hampshire border. Flat. Be sure to scan for traffic at the cross streets; motorists do not always expect cyclists to come out of the woods."
--Paul Angiolillo, Mountain Biking Southern New England (Falcon Guides).
The Nashua River Rail trail on the North side starts off of Gilson Rd in Nashua. There is a very nice parking lot and small pond near by. From that parking lot, its just 4 miles down to the center of Peperrel MA. This small down town area boosts an ice cream stand, breakfast/lunch place and a convienence store. This is a popular place in the summer. The riding is easy with only a few cross streets and has nice view of lakes, homes and fields.
I post this review for others who might have subscribed to this web site and are disappointed because it really doesn't give you much info. This trail is really great. It is called The Nashua River Rail Trail and is now over 12 miles long, all paved, about 6-8 ft wide. You can start in Hollis, New Hampshire (on route 111A) and travel south through Peppperell and Groton to Ayer, where it ends in a nice little town with lots to do. Pepperell has a great restaurant and ice cream stand for a nice break. The trail is used by serious professional bike riders as well as families out for a good time. Great scenery and very safe if you use caution at the road crossings. The only reason I didn't give it the top rating is because on weekends in nice weather it can be somewhat heavily used, by bikers as well as rollerbladers. I have never had a bad experience on the trail and have done the whole thing several times for a great workout and then breakfast!
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