Nashua River Rail Trail (from Ayer to Nashua)

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Ayer, Massachusetts

Nashua River Rail Trail (from Ayer to Nashua) is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ayer, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.2 miElevation gain269 ftRoute typePoint to point
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The Nashua River Rail Trail is a 12-mile trail connecting Ayer, MA to Nashua, NH. It is a former railroad right of way that travels 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable. The trail offers a 10-foot wide paved surface for the entire length and a five-foot wide gravel equestrian path for seven miles of the trail from Groton Center to the New Hampshire border in Dunstable. The entire trail is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, inline skaters, wheelchairs, and cross-country skiers. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically ten feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse this trail.

There is water in front of the Groton Town Hall, close to the trail on Station Avenue. Non-flush public toilets are located at the trail head in Ayer. There are 2 more sand lots in Groton, one in Dunstable, and one more at the end of the trail in Nashua, NH.

Ayer Center parking lot (60 paved spaces) Take Rte. 2 east or west to exit 38B, then follow Route 111 north to Ayer Rotary. Go halfway around rotary to Rte. 2A. On Rte. 2A turn right after Ayer Center, take first right on Groton Street to trail parking lot on the right. Groton Center parking (Court Street 10-15 spaces) Take I-495 north or south to exit 31, then Rte. 119 west approximately seven miles to Groton Center. Take left at Station Ave. to the on-street parking area beside the trail. Groton Sand Hill Road parking (10-15 gravel spaces) Take I-495 north or south to exit 31, then Rte. 119 west approximately ten miles. Take dog leg right on Nod Road and right on Sand Hill Road. Follow Sand Hill Road to parking area on the right after crossing rail trail. Dunstable state line parking (10 gravel spaces) Take Rte. 3 to Exit 35, then Rte. 113 west beyond Dunstable Center. Take right on Hollis Street to New Hampshire state line. Parking is on the left. Nashua, NH gravel lot (50?) Gilson Rd & Country Side Dr & Nashua River Rail Trail Nashua, NH 03062

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Heinz Lam
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andy derek kevin

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Carolyn Kim
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Road bikingGreat!

Wide and well paved. Nice people :)

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Kelvin Gibbons
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‘Twas great out there

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Christine Malette
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Mark Townsend
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nice rail trail

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Steve Krystofik
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Steve Krystofik
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Doreen Boisvert
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out and back. Some steep areas to get the blood pumping!

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Steve Krystofik
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George Lavallee
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dmetro kormeluk
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Denez McAdoo
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Road bikingGreat!
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Brieana Woodward
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Leafy

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dmetro kormeluk
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Yasaman Damestani
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Beth McGlory
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Great trail for beginners although all abilities were out there. Bring some cash and stop in pepperal for some refueling.

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Mike Therrien
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Kelvin Gibbons
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We made it 10 miles!

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Kelvin Gibbons
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Go for it!!!

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Kelvin Gibbons
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Awesome outing for the family!

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Wayne Stinson
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Kelvin Gibbons
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Easy ride but my buns are sore.

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Brian Moran
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Alexander Glumac
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Paul Malchodi
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Road bikingGreat!
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Lynn Dodge
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Mountain bikingGreat!

This trail was great for a beginner! I rode from Ayer to Pepperell and my legs are SO feeling it, but worth it!

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Yasaman Damestani
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Johanna Robinson
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Very flat and paved roads that were well taken care of. Kid friendly and had beautiful scenery along the way!

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Michael Lutz
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Great bike trail.

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Jason Lowe
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Awesome trail. Nice and flat.

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