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Southern Parking: From Hinsdale, drive south on NH-63 South/Northfield Road and continue for 2.1 miles. Pull into the parking area on the left side of the road. The trailhead is on the western side of the parking area. 


Seven miles of level terrain and varying surfaces from ballast, to cinder, to dirt make this trail a scenic adventure for hikers and snowmobilers. The trail parallels the east bank of the Connecticut River and ends at a railroad bridge across to Brattleboro, Vermont. The bridge is an interesting relic of the industrial age in New England, but is not maintained and has no decking, so it is unsafe to cross. The trail's maintenance is primarily suited to snowmobilers, so while it is open to hikers, it is not a brushed hiking trail and some of it is overgrown in the summer. Because the trail is not maintained for biking and the surface is highly variable, biking is not recommended except perhaps for expert bikers. 
At its southern end, the trail meets the southern end of the Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail, so the two are easy to combine into one trip.

Trail Manager

This trail is managed by the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Bureau of Rail and Transit. For more information, please visit New Hampshire's Recreational Rail Trails online, or contact:

NH Bureau of Trails
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3254

NH DOT - Bureau of Rail and Transit
Room G25
JOM Building
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03302-0483
Phone: (603) 271-2468


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