Monadnock Region Rail Trails offer something for everyone. Whether you are out for a Sunday stroll, or hope to mountain bike all day, rail trails throughout the region invite you to get outside and enjoy. Our unique quiet corner of New Hampshire in the heart of New England is a great place to explore developed and primitive trails along the wonderful old railroad beds from days gone by. There is opportunity in every season: Summer- run, hike, mountain bike, walk the dog, take a stroll; Fall – take in the amazing foliage along the trails; Winter – cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike and some trails also welcome snowmobiling; Spring – enjoy the many rivers, ponds, lakes and waterfalls along the trails that are at their finest this time of year!
Cheshire Rail Trail
The extensive Cheshire Rail Trail system offers paved and packed trails through 43 miles of Monadnock beauty, including downtown Keene. It stretches from Vermont to Massachusetts and connects with trails in Winchendon, MA. Keene is also where the Ashuelot Rail Trail heads off to the southwest and eventually travels to the Fort Hill Rail Trail in Hinsdale, NH. See detailed mapping and further development plans for these great trails on the Monadnock Region Rail Trail Collaborative website.
Shorter, enjoyable and potentially combined trails run through the communities of Harrisville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Antrim, Peterborough, Jaffrey and Rindge. See the trail descriptions below and on the NH Rail Trail Coalition website.