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February 11. 2013 6:13PM

Biking Trails in NH

Bear Brook, Allenstown:
Forty miles of trails through the heavily forested park, leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds, offer a variety of options for mountain bikers.

Cheshire Rail Trail
42-mile long dirt trail from Keene to Winchester with many scenic stops along the way including the Stone Arch Bridge, Troy Depot, Rockwood Pond and marshlands.

Franconia Notch State Park:
Paved trail brings riders in and around the various park attractions. Use of the bike path is free.

Goffstown Rail Trail:
A safe walking and biking trail that connects the towns of Pinardville, Grasmere and Goffstown Village.

Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir:
8,000 acres and almost 20 miles of multi-use trails.
off Route 13 in Dunbarton.

Lake Sunapee Loop:
A challenging 23.5-mile loop around Lake Sunapee. Routes 103, 11 and 103A.

Moose Brook State Park:
The trails within the park are excellent for hiking and biking. Located off Route 2 in Gorham.

North Conway:
Bear Notch to Westside Road in North Conway to Route 302 to Bartlett. Continue to Bear Notch Road to Route 112, Kancamagus Highway, to Dugway Road to Westside Road. Moderate to challenging 36.87 miles.

Northwood Meadows State Park:
Easily accessible trails makes this a perfect place to go biking with the family. Located off Route 4 in Northwood.

Odiorne State Park:
A paved recreational path is available, and an extensive network of trails wind through the dense vegetation and traverse the park. Located off Route 1A in Rye.

Pawtuckaway State Park:
With thousands of acres of trails, this park has something for just about every level of rider. Located off Route 156 in Nottingham.

Pillsbury State Park:
Crossed by a network of hiking and mountain bike trails, the park is an important link in the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a 51-mile trail that connects Mount Monadnock with Mt. Sunapee to the north.

Pisgah State Park:
Year-round trailheads for hiking, mountain biking, ATV and snowmobile use provide options for short, moderate, and long treks into the backcountry. Park staff monitor the impact of motorized and bicycle use on the park seasonally.

Piscataquog Trail, Manchester:
The Piscataquog Trail is a 10 ft wide, paved recreational trail in the West Side of Manchester. The trail is highly utilized by cyclists and pedestrians and allows residents from the West Side of Manchester to the amenities of downtown. In addition to the recreational value of the trail itself, the trail also links residents to other recreational amenities, such as the West Side Ice Arena, football, soccer, and softball fields.

Rockingham Trail, Manchester:
The Rockingham Recreational Trail follows an abandon railroad corridor from Tarrytown Road (Elliot Hospital) to Lake Massabesic. The trail is approximately 10 ft wide and unpaved, and is highly utilized by walkers, joggers and trail cyclists. At Lake Massabesic, trail users can continue into an additional trail network at Lake Massabesic. Thr Rockingham Recreational Trail connects east side residents to the amenities of urban Manchester, such as shopping, professional offices and medical care. Additionally, urban residents have access to the trail to connect them to the natural and rural setting of Lake Massabesic, without depending on motorized transport.

South Manchester Rail Trail, Manchester:
The South Manchester Rail Trail is partially paved and is located parallel to South Willow Street, the most traffic congested area of the City. The 10 ft trail is paved from Beech Street to Gold Street, and provides abutting neighborhoods with access to the wealth of amenities on South Willow Street without utilizing a motorized vehicle. In addition to connecting residents with the retail options, the trail also runs along Nutt's Pond and connects to Precourt Park, where recreational soccer and baseball leagues host local teams. The City of Manchester is working to further develop the South Manchester Rail Trail.

Surry Mountain, Gilsum:
A loop tour beginning at Surry Mountain Recreation Area on Route 12A, to Gilsum and Keene. 22.5 miles

Swanzey Covered Bridges:
An easy 18.3-mile loop past four covered bridges. Route 32 in Swanzey to East Swanzey, Westport and West Swanzey.

Tamworth to North Sandwich:
Routes 113A and 113 and 25/113. Moderate 23.2 miles.

Windham Rail Trail, Windham:
This paved scenic trail provides a smooth path for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists. The Rockingham Trail is a 4.1 Mile section that starts from the intersection of Routes 111 and 28 in Salem continuing to a point on North Lowell Road, Windham.

John Wingate Weeks State Historic Site:
The grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley.

Winnipesaukee River trail, Franklin:
A 3-mile trail parallels the Winnipesaukee River and passes the Sulphite upside down covered bridge believed to be the only one in the country and listed on the national register of historic places. You will also view mill ruins and remaining portions of dams that tell the history of the 5 mills that operated on this river in the mid 19th century.

The trail is open to all non motorized users and runs from the historic rail road trestle in Franklin to the Surrett Battery property just off Park Street in Northfield. In that area you can also view the collection of antique rail cars and cabooses that operate on the local scenic railway.

Do you know of a great bike trail in New Hampshire? Email the information to us so we can add it here! Send an email with the location, details, and a website (if there is one) to lisa@newhampshire.com.


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