Rockingham Recreational Trail

Weber Town Forest Conservation Area, New Hampshire

Distance21.7mi
Elevation Gain777ft
Trailhead Elevation318ft
Top318ft
Elevation Min/Max137/318ft
Elevation Start/End318/318ft

Rockingham Recreational Trail

Rockingham Recreational Trail is a hiking trail in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. It is within Weber Town Forest Conservation Area. It is 21.7 miles long and begins at 318 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 36.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 777 feet. The Greenbelt B wood can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands, a water, and parkings along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Jackman Road, Rockingham Connector, Windham Rail Trail and Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail.

Rockingham Recreational Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This ride's general location is between Derry and Fremont. Scenery includes semi-wooded countryside with ponds and wetlands. This trail is open to motorized use. If you love the scent of burning two-cycle oil, this is the ride for you as it's open to motorcycles and ATVers as well as non-motorized folks.

It's not dangerous, as the trail is wide, and sight distance is excellent throughout. ATVs usually slow down and keep to the other side as they pass. Not far from Windham Depot is the Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site. Frost left behind a dizzying array of authentic historic sites, each with its own cast-iron marker. He lived on this particular Frost Farm as a young family man for ten years. It's open to the public on limited weekend hours."

"Abandoned rail lines invite yet another opportunity for easy mountain biking through Southern New Hampshire, the countryside that for so long inspired the poet Robert Frost.

Steel and wood bridges remain to guide you over water, and the state has built a tunnel under NH 101 to keep your trip safe and fluid. Ready for groups and families, trail surfaces are generally firm, and long lines-of-sight keep even over-energized riders perceptibly near. Trail Surface: Converted railroad bed: gravel and cinder."

Rockingham Recreational Trail Reviews

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7/15/2006
This rail trail may have been a good ride five years ago. But in 2006, it''s an ATV paradise. With such a deep, loose sandy surface, and gas filled air, it wasn''t in any way suitable as a casual rail bed mountain bike ride. That it was rather flat didn''t matter. I cannot imagine anyone being able to make this 19.4 mile, point-to-point ride in three hours, as listed in the guide. We turned off onto the regular roads at around the 5-6 mile mark from the start point, and returned to the parking area at the Depot by way of good paved surface roads, away from the ATV''s and motorbikes. Perhaps there are more suitable entry points for this ride. Based on my experience, that''s at least 5 miles downtrail from Windham Depot. Or maybe starting on the other end would be best.
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9/6/2001
The rockingham rec. trail, also known as the railroad bed trail is an old railroad bed. it is boring if you go 10-15 mph but when you go over 25, it is fun, because it is pretty flat and straight. this trail is good for endurance traning.
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Trail Information

Weber Town Forest Conservation Area
Nearby City
Weber Town Forest Conservation Area
Parks
New Hampshire Division of Parks (603) 271-3254
Local Contacts
USGS Derry, Kingston, Sandown, Windham, Epping
Local Maps

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