“A long rail-trail through hardwood forest with rich railroad history.
— Leslie Kehmeier
The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail can be done as a point-to-point or out-and-back depending on how many miles you're willing to pedal.
Start at the western trailhead at Tarrytown Road in Manchester, or catch the trail from Page Road. The route climbs gradually and then steeply for the first six miles or so through hardwood and conifer forests.
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 trail ends at the Newfields railroad depot marks on the eastern end of the trail.