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Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail - Fremont Branch

This trail offers pedestrians and motorists scenic views of woods and wetlands and passes by remnants of the historical industrial age in southern New Hampshire.
Trail Activity
Length
25.8 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Derry (NH), Fremont (NH), Hampstead (NH), Sandown (NH), Windham (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Sand
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Fremont Branch of the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail follows a diagonal path from Windham to Fremont. The trail has segments of soft sand that can make biking difficult. Users are rewarded with scenic views of woods, wetlands, ponds, and spruce swamps.

History buffs will enjoy seeing the Windham Depot, on the trail’s southern end, which dates back to 1849. It once was a busy station serving two crossing lines of the Boston & Maine Railroad; a restored B&M caboose sits just across from the depot. In Windham, travelers can also connect to the 4-mile Windham Rail Trail, which in turn connects to the Derry Rail Trail for another 3 miles of riding.

About midway along the Fremont Branch Trail, another restored depot can be visited in Sandown. Dating back to 1873, the charming wooden building houses a museum with exhibits on the railroad and the town.

 

Other Information

ATV Use: ATVs are allowed on the trail from NH-28 to NH-107, but are not allowed to use the trail from Fremont to Epping or from NH-28 to the Windham Depot. Snowmobiles can use the full trail.

Trail Manager

For more information about the trail, check out 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
nhtrails@dncr.nh.gov
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Make a small campsite, preferably where there is no vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

Derry trailhead: Take NH-28 to Island Pond Road, left onto Warner Hill Road; parking is on the north side of the trail.

Fremont trailhead: Parking is also available in Fremont, at the ballpark, off NH-107 (near intersection of NH-107 & NH-111A) across from the old Depot & Library.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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