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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is a 27.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Auburn, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 27.3 miles Elevation Gain: 551 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

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.

mountain biking
6 months ago

I did Massabessic to Raymond and back, about 25 miles. Beautiful trail but struggled a bit on the return, felt like it was uphill all the way, lol. Make sure to bring plenty of water. Oh, and probably need a MTB, hybrid tires might be too skinny for some of the conditions.

bugs
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Nice and wide so people can walk by each other. A couple side trails which would be nice to explore. I gave it 4 stars because walking straight with no changes in elevation or route is not exciting to me. However, we did see a Heron and Deer which was awesome!!

7 months ago

Access to Parking on Rt 85 but room for only 4 cars or so. Cross the road to access the trial. Trail is level dirt track shared with bicycles and horses. You sometimes will see the back yards of nearby homes but I didn''t find it disruptive.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk. Lots of water views.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Oct 28 2018

Great local trail with easy access, convenient parking and polite riders.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Best running trail around, footing is good trails are easy and the views are great! Start anywhere and go out and back. Or get dropped off and picked up when going point to point.

mountain biking
Sun Aug 27 2017

awesome

mountain biking
Wed Aug 09 2017

Massages if to Chester Turnpike - going farther each trip. Some section surfaces a rocky for my hybrid bike tires. So spending much time with my eyes down on the road.

mountain biking
Tue Sep 20 2016

New to mountain biking, but a friend showed me around. Pretty easy main trail, unpaved. Lots of options for fire roads and single tracks all over. Always a fun ride though! Lots of nice people on the trail with dogs, kids, etc...

walking
Wed Oct 07 2015

Easily accessible and ample parking at the trail head. Really great established trail for extended walks or bike rides. Can be buggy in the warmer months so be sure to pack bug spray.

nature trips
Wed Dec 03 2014

Lots of fun, and lots of little paths to the water!

mountain biking
Thu Jul 17 2014

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.

Mon Nov 15 2010

Awesome guide Kevin.

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