Explore the most popular rails trails trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

didn't do,the whole thing.

Amazing 360 degree views!! It’s about 40 min walk from the parking lot to the lake but once you are there the views are beautiful! We went in the wintertime and the snow was packed down so there was no need for snow shoes (though this was early in the season with relatively little snowfall). The trail is very flat and leads to a few more trails— we went on one that bordered the lake. Highly recommend for a nice, easy walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Great autumnal ride from Potter Place to Hoyt Road…hope to ride entire trail in 2019.

Granite State Rail Trail is a super easy rail trail, with parking super close to the Miilford Oval. While the trail crosses some roads, it's super peaceful and serene. A good getaway from the bustling town life!

it's a decent Trail. for the most part paved but there are spots on the side where you can go off road if you are mountain biking. however to be completely honest be very careful about going off of the paved areas because of needles on the side of the trail. I was riding it this morning and found several on the side. They are no longer there I disposed of them when I saw it. However I am sure there are more somewhere near that trail. Especially right in the Derry area.

It's labeled on a sign next to a parking lot but I'm about 100 feet in and in somebody's yard next to the street. Too close to civilization for me.

off road driving
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice paved walking trail. I did not hike the entire thing, it is very long! The leaves changing are beautiful here. We also got to see some wild turkeys. The only reason it is not a 5 star is because when we went off to hike on quail hill there was no markings and it was very easy to get lost and turned around. There was also a good amount of garbage on some of the sides of the trail.

walking
3 months ago

Would definitely come back!

walking
3 months ago

We took the fur kid here. It was a very pretty walk. Easy, flat and not many people. I was a chilly day so that may have had something to do w it. If you’re ever in the area it is a great place to walk w your fur kid, or by yourself!!

Mid-October was a great time to view the lakes and fall foliage. No flies, mosquitoes, or ticks. Overcast skies, but soothing vistas of the ponds. Fresh air - easy walk.

great for low impact walking, kids use trail a lot on their bikes

This is an amazing trail, and some of the prettiest fall views are between Wakefield and Fernald Station. ( about 8 Miles). I’ve frequently walked the trail from Fernald to Wolfeboro- it’s quick and easy w beautiful views. But now I’m in love with the other end!!! Beautiful for fall!

Pleasant, peaceful, easy ride. Loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice level trail. Moderate traffic with dogs. Will be beautiful when foliage is peak

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.

Start with the northernmost trailhead, as it seems to be the easiest to find and presents the most scenic parts. There are little diversions that will give you tranquil spots to watch the Cocheco River. This being a city trail, the tree coverage won’t entirely insulate you from urban bustle, but it’s a pleasant escape nonetheless. It’s moderate in length, but in elevation and trail quality my trek was quite easy.

This is one of the most direct, streamlined routes to traverse the Presidential range, whilst including the summit's of Mt. Jackson & Webster. The start of the trail approaches Mt. Madison from Pine Mountain and follows the classic route along Crawford Path, et. al., to finish at the depot. This is a strenuous, 1 day trek that should only be attempted by experienced hikers. It requires significant preparation & knowledge of alternate/bail-out routes in case of an emergency.

Nice long stretches of paved trail. Very few roads to cross with minimal traffic. Relatively flat.

Definitely easy

4 months ago

road biking
4 months ago

This trail now goes all the way from Wolfeboro to Sanbornville and is beautiful. 12 miles long. Rail crossings can grab your bike tire if not careful.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trail, we road bikes and would rate it easy as it is virtually flat from Canaan to Lebanon. Have done it multiple times, very scenic with great views along Mascoma Lake. Also have done from Franklin to Danbury, also flat with one hill at a road crossing. Great to see some seniors out on pedal assist bikes!

perfect for a morning run or walk. 4 miles round-trip if start in Wolfeboro and go up to Albee Beach.

hiking
4 months ago

I walked 2.5 mil out and then back. I am not sure where the 'modern covered bridge' was as when I hit the 'directions' tab on the AllTrails APP it took me to the snow mobile parking lot (which is where the trail starts). A bit disappointed there were not more 'river views'. Tons of milkweed in various stages with lots of monarch caterpillars on them. One bird. Two ATV's. Quiet.

lovely trail, look for the dog face rock just off the trial toward the pond!

Lake, Mountain View’s, beach, river, historic mill and railroad features with placards showing historic pics. The trailhead and public bathrooms are right in Wolfeboro town. Stop there for lunch after. Wow

mountain biking
5 months ago

My wife and I enjoyed the views along this trail. it is beautifully maintained. However the trail has been expanded and now covers the distance from Wolfeboro, NH to Wakefield, NH; a distance of 12 miles. We started at the trailhead at the old historic Depot in Wolfsboro which also houses the Chamber of Commerce. There is plenty of parking at this location. Our only caution is to use extreme care when crossing the rails with the bikes as the bike tires slide easily making a large potential for injuries. Have fun it is a gorgeous ride.

Great smooth trail. Up and back in about 1hr 45 mins. Very peaceful and pretty much a flawless paved path.

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