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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail

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 4.6 (5)

A long rail-trail through hardwood forest with rich railroad history.


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28.4

Miles

45.8

KM

100%

Runnable

441' 135 m

High

53' 16 m

Low

287' 88 m

Up

566' 173 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail can be done as a point-to-point or out-and-back for a portions of the trail depending on how many miles you're willing to trek.

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 run, you'll encounter a narrow culvert beneath a road, with limited overhead clearance. 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 run 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.

Please be aware that this is a multi-use trail open to a variety of different users, such as mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 5 votes

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in Manchester

#5963

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#1

in Manchester

#137

in New Hampshire

#5,963

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Rockingham Recreational Trail; Newfields section
Oct 12, 2018 near Stratha…, NH

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Sep 6, 2020
Ray Weaver
Started in Manchester and went 10 miles in and 10 back. Trail was in excellent shape. 20mi — 3h 13m
Oct 11, 2018
Kate McDermott
Started in Newfields and ran out and back. Fairly well maintained gravel/dirt trail. — 55h 12m
Sep 29, 2018
Thomas Heavey
Really nice, groomed gravel trail. Just getting the start of fall colors! Some very beautiful spots along the way. 10.2mi