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Map of the Rockingham Recreational Trail

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Rockingham Recreational Trail

Rockingham Trail New Hampshire map area

Rockingham Recreational Trail

LENGTH:

29 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Manchester, Auburn, Raymond, Newfields

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail-trail, Massabesic Lake, New Hampshire countryside, historic railroad depots and artifacts, forests, farms, bridges, local parks, Great Bay

NEARBY TRAILS:

Windham Rail Trail

Derry Rail Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Manchester

The Rockingham Recreational Trail has two portions. There is a 3 mile long unpaved pathway within the City of Manchester and the 25 mile long unpaved Portsmouth Branch that reaches to a point north of Newfields. The trail crosses the beautiful New Hampshire countryside going past residential neighborhoods, rural communities and through miles of hardwood forest and wetlands. The Rockingham Recreational Trail is New Hampshire's longest rail-trail as it is constructed along an historic railroad corridor. There are many historical remnants or the old railroad along the route as well as cuts through the bedrock for the railroad.

There is also a southern branch to the trail referred to as the Fremont Branch that allows ATVs.

Conditions

The Rockingham Recreational Trail is not paved, even withing Manchester, and in many sections has an unimproved natural surface that is not suitable for all types of bicycles. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and horseback riding in the summer and snow mobiles and skiing in the winter.

Outside of Manchester, the trail has few road crossings and is quite rural.

Communities

The Rockingham Recreational Trail goes past the following communities: Manchester, Auburn, Raymond and Newfields.

Points of Interest

The Rockingham Recreational Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Manchester Community Health Center
Youngsville Park
Youngsville Baseball Complex
Weston School
Massabesic Lake
Dearborn Estate
Onway Lake
Cammet Recreation Area
Lamprey River Elementary School
Newfields Train Depot
Nearby Trails

Windham Rail Trail & Derry Rail Trail: the three trails come together near Depot Road and Windham Road in the community of Windham.

End Points

The west end of the Rockingham Recreational Trail is located at Mammoth Road and Nelson Street in Manchester. This location is just east of Manchester Community Health Center.

The east end of the trail is located at Newfields Train Depot ant the north end of Old Route 108, to the north of Newfields.


Resources

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

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