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East - West routes in New England?

Old 07-17-21, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Pratt View Post
As a counterpoint to Steve B. "Yes."
The Cross Vermont Trail runs from Burlington to Waits River. That is about 90 miles across the width of Vermont. It follows, largely, rail trails, ad going through Groton State Park. When it gets to Waits River, on the banks of the Connecticut River, there is an easily ridden bridge that takes you into Woodsville, New Hampshire, the Western terminus of the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail (XNHAT) which follows, mostly, rail trails across New Hampshire for about 80 miles to Bethel Maine. Both have web sites and offer maps and cue sheets. If time and desire coincide, you could start at one end and ride across two states with minimal change in elevation. There are motels, inns, campgrounds, and stealth camping opportunities along both trails. I have ridden both if you have further questions.
As I looked at this, I'm wondering is this an actual completed trail ?. Hard to tell from the website, looks like a trail in progress.
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Old 07-18-21, 06:20 PM
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Yes, it is completed. I have ridden it from end to end. Recently, I understand, three mothers rode it end to end with their nine year old sons. XNHAT still has some on road sections, notably, East of Littleton on 116, and then again East of Hogan Road for the last 20 miles going into Bethel. The section on 116 runs past two campgrounds, Burns Pond and Israel's River which are about half way, and so make a good place to stop. North Road, that last 20 miles is quite low traffic. It runs along the river, so there is little net change in elevation. When you get there, Bethel has a motel, a few restaurants, a very nice campground, and a road side barbecue trailer just about a mile north of the campground. I believe that some of the section on 116 is due to be rerouted onto a MUP trail.
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