Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ascending or Descending the NH Mountains NW of Concord!
Bikes: Snazzy* Schwinns, Classy Cannondales, & a Lonely '83 Santana Tandem (* Ed.)
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NH has a number of Rail Trails, but for the most part, they are packed fine gravel. In the winter they double as major snow mobile thoroughfares.
I live near the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack and Grafton Counties, which is one of the longest, and sometime in the summer of 2010, should be connected. At this moment, the Merrimack section stretches from Franklin at Webster Lake to Potter's Place in Andover (about 12 miles). The Grafton Co. section is longer from Grafton to Lebanon and is about 20-25 miles.
The section from Potters Place north to Danbury is scheduled to be built as bike friendly by early July 2010. This would leave about 4-5 mile section still undone. This portion, however, runs beside US Rt. 4, which is a lightly traveled road running through a relatively flat valley.
Many parts of this Rail Trail are quite scenic (not Acadia scenic, mind you), and it passes through the small towns of" (south to north) East Andover, Andover, Potter's Place, Danbury, Grafton, Canaan, Enfield, and ends in the largest town, Lebanon, near the Connecticut River and Vermont border.
I'll try to post some pictures later, which I took on the Potters Place to Webster Lake section, about a month ago.