Nashua River Rail Trail (from Ayer to Nashua)

EASY 16 reviews

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. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
383 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wildlife

The Nashua River Rail Trail is a 12-mile trail connecting Ayer, MA to Nashua, NH. The Nashua River Rail Trail 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.

walking
1 month ago

We happened to be in the area in July and decided to check this out as we had been hearing about it for years. We got there and had to use the port-a-potties. One had feces covering just about every surface and the other had not toilet paper, urine all over seat and no hand sanitizer...not a great start. We only were walking and it was very busy with people biking. The people that we encountered were not friendly and we almost got hit a few times by people who were biking behind us and didn't notify us they were coming. The area was beautiful where we did walk (about an hour). We really had high expectations after all we had heard about this place, but I doubt we will ever go back.

2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Don't bother walking here. Unfortunately too many rude bicyclist that can't be bothered with saying 3 words 'on your left/right'. About half that passed us didn't say anything. One almost hitting us because there were bikes heading towards us and she couldn't pass. Thank you to the ones that did. Otherwise path was paved, nice and clean.

hiking
6 months ago

road biking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail, meadows, marshes and horse farms. Nice lush woodlands. Very pleasant.

10 months ago

11 months ago

my favorite trail for biking, people are very friendly, beautiful scenery

rails trails
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Lots of variety to see. Water, fields, wetlands, towns, saw bunnies one time. Can be crowded on weekends, or for those bikers who really like to zoom past everyone. Places to stop for food or ice cream.

road biking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Best trail near me, but there are a lot of frost heaves and bumps. Ouch!

road biking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

walking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

walking
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

mountain biking
Friday, April 04, 2014

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013