Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail Ride
ElevationAscent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -511' -156 m
High: 443' 135 m
Low: 53' 16 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A long rail-trail through hardwood forest with rich railroad history.”— Leslie Kehmeier
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Need to Know
The trail is open in winter and local snowmobile clubs do a nice job of maintaining the trails during the snowy season.
About 6.5 miles into the ride, you'll encounter a narrow culvert beneath a road, with limited overhead clearance. This is a good place to dismount and walk your bike. In East Candia, look for a historical marker that describes a demolished railroad depot. It's also the start of an extended downhill section that dives into dense forest.
The route alternates between being on the edge of the forest and traveling through the forest above high-walled cuts blasted through New Hampshire's famous granite, remnant from the days of railroad construction.
In Raymond, you pedal past a restored train station. You can't miss the locomotive and rail cars displayed between the trail and the station. Just beyond town, you'll cross an impressive railroad bridge and then jump back into the beautiful hardwood forest found throughout the route.
The route ends at the Newfields railroad depot marks on the eastern end of the trail. Finish the ride here or turn around to ride back to Manchester.