Northern Rail Trail

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Northern Rail Trail is a 97.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

97.6 miles 3608 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



fly fishing


mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

rails trails

road biking


trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding




wild flowers


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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

9 months ago