Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Rockingham County and Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. It is within Manchester Waterworks. It is 25.7 miles long and begins at 338 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 51.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,442 feet. The Open Land 3 wood and The Board Yard Parking Area and other parkings can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings and a water along the trail.
Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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, connecting Manchester to Great Bay on the Seacoast. This segment offers excellent opportunities for biking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife observation. Since the trail runs so close to water, bring bug spray to keep the mosquitoes at bay. The surface of the path as you continue east is variable, so road bikes are not recommended past the first mile from the parking area on this route. Jogging-type strollers with large wheels should be fine, but leave the umbrella strollers at home. The trail is a fun challenge for anyone with mountain, touring, or just sturdy kids’ bikes."
--Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair, Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Cynthia Mascott, Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine (The Globe Pequot Press).
"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, originally served the textile industry—back when Manchester’s mills made this city the home of the textile revolution. The Portsmouth Branch of the Rockingham Recreational Trail was opened to the public in 1991. Travelers should be aware that this isn’t the only trail in the area known as the Rockingham Recreational Trail. A few miles south there is a 14.0-mile trail of the same name running from Windham Depot to Fremont. This shorter trail is actually the original Rockingham Recreational Trail, created in the mid-1980s mainly to accommodate the growing popularity of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorized dirt bikes. The New Hampshire Bureau of Trails currently is working to link the two Rockingham trails to each other and to a third trail to create a large triangular trail network in southeastern New Hampshire."
--Cynthia Mascott, Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides).
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