Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

The Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail travels for just over 7 miles from Webster Street in Jaffrey near the ball field to the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border traversing varying surfaces and passing beautiful scenery.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Horseback riding Bicycling Snowmobiling
7.50 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Jaffrey (NH), Rindge (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Paved/Cement, Sand
Permitted on leash


From Jaffrey to Rindge the trail is packed gravel, except for a paved section at the start in Jaffrey. The trail includes signage and beautiful views of ponds and wetlands. From Rindge toward Massachusetts the trail is still undeveloped and is mostly packed gravel and sand, with some railroad ties still in place. The trail is great for biking; however, mountain bikes are highly recommended because of the varying surfaces. 

The trail crosses busy NH-202, so use caution at those road crossings. 

It is also possible to continue south on the trail from New Hampshire/Massachusetts border, but the trail is not maintained so be prepared for an adventure. 

NOTE: Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles allowed in winter only.

Other Information

Trail conditions change often due to weather or maintenance schedules. Before you head out, click here for up-to-date conditions and closure information. 

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

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

NH DOT - Bureau of Rail and Transit

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
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information

There is no designated parking, however some parking is available at road crossings. Please do not park in front of gates and pull safely off the road.

Northern trailhead: From the Jaffery post office, turn left onto NH-124/Turnpike Road, then turn left immediately onto Oak Street and continue for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Webster Street and continue for 400 feet and the rail trail will be on the left just after the parking lot for the American Legion.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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