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Northern Rail Trail

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Northern Rail Trail

LENGTH:

58 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Lebanon, Concord

HIGHLIGHTS:

historic railroad structures and bridges, Merrimack River, rural communities, forest, wildlife

NEARBY TRAILS:

Winnipesaukee River Trail

The Northern Rail Trail is a 58-mile long unpaved pathway that stretches between Concord and Lebanon in Southern New Hampshire. The trail follows the route of an abandoned railroad crossing a large swath of the New Hampshire countryside. The trail goes through miles of hardwood forests, across bridges and wetlands and next to small rural communities.

The Northern Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in New Hampshire. There is evidence of the history of the railroad with old structures, bridges and cuts blasted throug bedrock.

Conditions

The trail is unpaved and in a variety of conditions with a base of compacted cinder ballast. It is open for hiking, bike riding and running. Most of the trail is very rural with few road crossings and few facilities.

Communities

The Northern Rail Trail goes past the following communities: Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Grafton, Danbury, Andover, Franklin, Boscawen and Concord.

Points of Interest

The Northern Rail Trail goes past the following points of interest:

CCBA's Witherell Recreation Center
Eldridge Park
Spark Community Center
Pat Walsh Park
Lebanon Middle School
Farr Farms Open Space
Mascoma Lake
Mascoma Valley Regional High School
Canaan Elementary School
Williams Field
Highland Lake
Webster Lake
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
Merrimack River State Forest
New Hamshire State Veterans Cemetery
Jamie Welch Memorial Field
Hannah Dustin Monument
Nearby Trails

Winnipesaukee River Trail: The two trails come within a mile of each other at the town of Franklin.

End Points

The north end of the Northern Rail Trail is located at Spencer Street to the north of Campbell Street in Lebanon. There is parking available at Elridge Park.

The South end of the trail is located along River Road to the north of King Street in Boscawen, to the north of Concord. There is parking available along King Street to the east of Harris Hill Road.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Northern Rail Trail, New Hampshire