Rockingham Recreational Trail is a 50.7 mile out and back trail located near Auburn, NH that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
cross country skiing
From Massabesic Lake to Great Bay, this trail offers pretty ponds, beautiful bridges and a shady ride in the New Hampshire forests. Due to its proximity to Manchester and the Manchester airport, this trail is one of most accessible of the wonderful New Hampshire Rail Trails. If you are flying to New Hampshire, you may very well fly into Manchester. This trail is popular year-round with biking, hiking, and running in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Rockingham Recreation Trail is also one of the most dog-friendly trails there is... year round. You see, in the winter, in addition to hosting nordic skiers and snowmobilers, it also is home to mushers, also known as dog sledders. In the summer, a combination of shade-filled forests and sea breezes help to make it one of the cooler trails around. In the fall, the colorful foliage can't be beat. With something to see and do the entire length of the trail, you and your family will probably visit this trail again and again.
Ticks are crazy towards the end of the season! becareful when bringing dogs!
The trail is a smooth nice trail. The only upsets are the the deer flys they were thick and bug spray didn't help. My major concern was when I got to the town of Raymond it was so trashy, the buildings you pass while on the trail were sprayed painted and the trash was mostly beer cans. I almost felt like it was a seen out of the movie Boys In The Hood. Defiantly should be like this in the beautiful State of New Hampshire. What a disgrace the town of Raymond should take more pride.
Although I have only had the chance to bike the NH trails, they look like they'd be great for cross-country skiing. If you end up doing that, I'd love to hear how it went. Look out for snowmobilers.
Thanks Barry. Now I've completed five guides for New Hampshire. They've got a great system of shared trails.
Awesome guide Kevin.