The Northern Rail Trail follows a section of Boston & Maine’s abandoned railway heading southeast from Lebanon, New Hampshire that once went to Boston, stretching across the Mascoma Valley in central New Hampshire. The 23.8-miles between Lebanon and Grafton follow the Mascoma River and passes beside Mascoma Lake. The Merrimack County Section is now connected to this section, making the 46 mile trail the longest in New Hampshire. The unpaved trail has a mix of surfaces, including stone dust, wet areas and some coarse gravel. View at Trailink
Experience the NH Northern Rail Trail for quiet viewing of fall foliage. Pedestrians will be few on this lightly used trail. The plan is to go at least past Webster Lake in Franklin, about 11 miles, and to Andover near Mt Kearsarge State Park (16 miles) but everyone is free to do as many miles as they wish. The trail continues to Lebanon (45 miles). Lunch is planned at Granny Judy's Kitchen in Franklin, 71 N. Main St, which is just off the trail but you may bring your own lunch as well. This rail trail is primarily crushed stone. Hybrid bikes are recommended but a road bike can be used - expect some discomfort on a road bike. A mountain bike will work as well. There are no stores directly accessible so please be sure to bring adequate fluids and some emergency food with you. You aren't in the wilderness, however, as you are always very close to Rt 3, Rt 11, or Rt. 4 so services would be available for medical emergencies.
NH Northern Rail Traihead
Depot St.03303 Boscawen , NH
Boscawen Trail Map
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