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Parking is available in the business park parking lots along the east side of Island Street.


The Jonathan Daniels Trail is a hard-packed recreational trail that follows the course of the Ashuelot River for just under one mile northwest of downtown Keene. The trail starts at the intersection of the Cheshire Rail Trail and Island Street in downtown Keene. It continues north on the sidewalk, crosses West Street and then enters the public park next to the Ashuelot River dam. The trail then continues north along the river for 0.75 miles before intersecting the Appel Way trail and crossing the river on a footbridge.

Bike racks, nearby benches, a flower garden and a family friendly park with a footbridge highlight the river dam area near the south end of the trail. Restrooms are available along West Street.

Other Information

This trail carries both historical and environmental significance. Most notably, the trail runs through the site of the oldest known evidence of human settlement in NH, dating back more than 10,500 years. Blue heron, raptors, waterfowl, songbirds, loons and nighthawks are often observed along this trail.

Trail Manager

This trail is maintained by City of Keene Parks & Recreation. For more information, please visit Keene Paths on the web, or contact:

City of Keene, Parks and Recreation
312 Washington Street
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-9829


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Plan Ahead and Prepare

Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.