Sugar River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This ride's general location is Newport. Scenery includes a wooded river valley. New Hampshire's famous "covered bridge trail" is open to motorized use. There are people who make a hobby of spotting covered bridges. If you know any of these folks and would like to ease their transition into a real leisure-time activity (like, say... mountain biking), be sure to tell them about this trail. It features not one, but two, covered bridges (and some cool steel bridges as well). They're not just ordinary covered bridges, either: they're Railroad covered bridges, of the Double Web Town-Pratt lattice design, built in 1871 for the Sugar River Railroad and used for nearly a century. The reason for covering the bridges is the roof kept the structural timbers dry, thus preventing rot. They've held up better than many steel bridges of more recent vintage."
--Jeff Faust, Mountain Bike! New Hampshire (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This ride is about going slow and easy. You'll follow one of New Hampshire's premier rail-trails from Newport to its neighbor Claremont. The route crisscrosses the Sugar River via old steel railroad bridges, and even older covered wooden railroad bridges. While it remains close to civilization, the route stays quiet and secluded for its entire length. Trail Surface: Flat, smooth abandoned rail grade"
--Bob Fitzhenry, Mountain Bike America: New Hampshire & Maine (The Globe Pequot Press).
"An easy ride on a scenic, riverside rail-trail that visits two covered bridges. The Sugar River Trail is a 10-mile section of the Claremont-Concord Railroad that was abandoned in 1977, then turned into a multi-use trail that parallels the scenic Sugar River as it winds its way from Newport to Claremont. The trail has very little elevation gain and we have given it a moderate rating only because the out-and-back distance is 20.0 miles, although you can spot a car in the town of Claremont if you would prefer a shorter ride. In addition to exploring the wooded shoreline of the river, the Sugar River Trail also passes through two covered railroad bridges."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover Southern New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Think rivers and streams and a dozen bridges. The Sugar River Recreational Trail is a wonderland of forest treasures."
--Cynthia Mascott, Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Cynthia Mascott, Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine (The Globe Pequot Press).
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