Rockingham Recreational Trail Portsmouth Branch

Manchester, New Hampshire

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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.

Rockingham Recreational Trail (Portsmouth Branch) Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Manchester
Distance: 25.5
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Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
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May 2018