Northern Rail Trail

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Northern Rail Trail is a 48.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lebanon, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

48.8 miles
1,154 feet
Point to Point

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The Northern Rail Trail follows the route of the Boston & Maine Railroad as it winds its way along the Mascoma River. The Northern Rail-Trail is one of the most family friendly trails in New Hampshire. The trail starts in Lebanon and is a pleasant jaunt to Danbury. While many rail-trails follow rivers along their course, the Northern gives riders a chance to get up close and personal with the Mascoma River as the trail crosses the river seven times within the first four miles. The trail starts at the Witherell Recreation Center in Lebanon and is obviously a family favorite. Tagalongs, tandems, trailers, and training wheels dominate the first couple miles of the trail as children and their parents enjoy this beautiful stretch of the trail that takes full advantage of old railroad bridges to cross the river about every half mile or so. Gradually the trail population begins to thin out.

3 days ago

The best trail to walk if you’re looking for something flat that provides beautiful views of Mascoma Lake. I typically access it either by parking at the laundromat in Enfield or by parking in the lot on Ice House Road. Well used trail by many but in excellent condition.

5 months ago

Great place to walk year round

7 months ago

I’m it sure why it’s reviewed as moderate. It’s a nice walking trail with barely any noticeable incline. Really great for walking dogs, biking, and walking along Mascoma Lake in Enfield. Very easy and simple.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Nice hard packed trail relatively smooth ride. Elevation gain is very gradual and almost unnoticeable on the way out of Lebanon to peak near Canaan. Easy to carry speed in the return trip. Scenery made the ride rewarding.

11 months ago

good all around trail during all seasons, biking, x-c skiing, walking etc with great views.

11 months ago

We did 32 miles 16 out.started from Lebanon.seemed well maintained.looking to do entire trail this fall..

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Trail was nice a lot of nice views only one over grown spot trail narrows between Danbury an cannon .

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