We night have stayed at the Highland Lake Inn, back in East Andover, but they require a two night weekend minimum and, as mentioned above, there is no food available. Great day. The trail is very well kept and it's so beautiful just riding by the Mascoma River and Lake. The trail was in good shape with some sections having been repaved (gravel). Many miles through secluded wooded areas and several towns along the way if you are inclined to head off the trail, I wasn't. The first three miles (from Canaan) is challenging as the gravel is somewhat looser. Having ridden this trail in sections numerous times, and having ridden the entire length in a day last fall, It's my opinion that this is the finest rail trail for cycling purposes in NH. As you're riding, watch for farm vehicles crossing the trail. I would recommend a mountain bike as some of the surface is a bit slick. 13 miles there & back. Did the whole trail from Boscawen to Lebanon and then back (of course). Washington , Dc Mountain Lake Lake Winnipesaukee Mascoma Lake … Instituting/enhancing preventative measures at branch and office locations to protect health of both customers and employees, including regular deep cleaning of facilities, practicing “social distancing,” and encouraging use of branch banking services through drive-up windows and ATMs. The growth of the resort areas of Lake Hayward, Bashan Lake and Moodus Reservoir began in the early 1900s and was a booming business for the next fifty years.[4]. So there's a slope down, a bit of rusty drainage, and a slope back up, but no cars. The description here in Trail Link should mention that the trail is reduced to singletrack in some locations and that maintenance is pretty much non existent in Grafton County in spite of the "friends" organization. Canaan to Danbury was slightly overgrown on the Canaan end(need a Mt. Can't wait for the trail to be extended all the way to Franklin. Parts of it have signs of deferred maintenance, especially through Grafton and Canaan, where a fat tire bike is necessary. Please click on the CCC link above to access further Zoom login information. Finished with an awesome 142 miles total. Some beautiful scenery, mostly pristine. A true recreation trail for all ages and abilities. Mascoma Lake is big enough to have fun with water sports and winter activities yet is small enough to enjoy the tranquil morning sunrise and sunsets. The long-held dream of a public park on the shores of Lake Mascoma for all to enjoy is now a reality. [12] On the northern end, the paved Mascoma River Greenway is 0.4 miles from the Northern Rail Trail, and offers a scenic 2.5-mile ride, ending at Glen Road. From Grafton to Lebanon (Grafton county) the surface is trickier, with regular sandy spots and some exposed railroad ties. There are several places along the trail to park and access the trail, including: Parked at lot at ballfield at end of Depot Street in Boscawen. The trail is well shaded which aided or stamina for this weekend trek - as did the enjoyable swim stops at Highland Lake for two hours on the first day and Webster Lake and Tewksbury Pond - a gift on our return day. on your GPS in Grafton you won't find it. It was a nice 40 mile bike ride round trip. Many thanks. The trail then enters the lakeside community of Enfield, and goes through Canaan, Orange and Grafton, becoming narrow occasionally and slightly overgrown with plant life. I hopped back on my hybrid bicycle and rode northwest. We were pleased to find ample parking at the trail head in Lebanon. They'll be open Sundays from 11 to 2 and will have cold drinks and snacks available for sale. Encouraging customers to use its mobile, online … All in all, the NRT is a great accomplishment by NH and many volunteers that have made this 57 mile trail a reality. Sadly, we had to cut our ride short after about 5 miles due to a bike malfunction. Some flat sections in the middle of the trail were muddy and slower. They have plans to replace it with rock dust in 2010. The section along the lake is particularly scenic. The Grafton County part of the trail can be rough in sections and we had the misfortune of blowing tires on 2 different mountain bikes (one brand-new) near Mascoma Lake this summer. However, it is acknowledged that these shortcomings added, in their peculiar way, to the sense of adventure that always seems to accompay every bike trip. We often plan to ride this section on Sundays and stop at the Farmer's Market in Canaan for lunch. After that, it goes into a shaded area. Gelston House - built in 1736, once a tavern and boarding house, now a restaurant and bar adjacent from the. While the innkeepers were enthusiastic about our use of the trail, the only help with our need for sustenance was to mention the pizza shop off trail in Andover or to make it through another thirteen miles to Danbury. I've ridden on ballast before and it's no fun. Mile markers are few and far between so you may loose track of how far you have gone. By 1700, there were thirty families living in East Haddam. Until 1650, the area of East Haddam was inhabited by at least three tribes of Indians: the Wangunks, the Mohegans and the Nehantics. Layout of the highways began in 1669 with Creek Row about ¼ mile east of the River and Town Street “The Great Highway” about ¼ mile east of Creek Row. The first eight miles makes a great round-trip ride. 3 to a right turn on Depot Street and driving a short distance and swinging left a few yards and turning right through an underpass and then turning left on Wells Ave. you will see the entrance to the end of the trail immediately on your left. Mascoma Lake is located in the USA (state: New Hampshire, county: Grafton). Small hot fudge sundae as our reward. I did the trail on 16th of July with my brother, his wife and there two children, Patric age nine and Ann age eleven, it was a beautiful day and there was a ton of traffic on the trail. East of Andover, the trail is more heavily used, particularly near the Highland and Webster Lake swimming areas. Overall, a pleasant ride through rural New Hampshire. Proctor Academy, an independent private high school, is also in Andover. The railing supports have broken on one bridge. We turned around, took a break down by the river and called it a day. The trail was recognized as one of five top trails that have benefitted from America’s Recreational Trails Program. At 6 miles there are the interesting remains of an old train rotator off the trail on the left. Spanning 57.6 miles from Lebanon to Boscawen, the Northern Rail Trail is New Hampshire’s longest rail-trail conversion. There is also a small park and rest stop with picnic tables next to the trail. Approximately 33 miles to Lebanon, and 24 miles to Boscawen. Parking is available at the Hannah Dustin site on Rte 4 (Exit 17 / Boscawen Park & Ride parking lot), and the trailhead is only about 1/2 mile away on a very quiet road. :( Two old retired folks out riding, this time from Potter Place north to Danbury and return. This trail is easily ridable from end to end in a day: the surface is quite good esp compared to other rail trails in the state and there are plenty of services along the way not far off the trail. Good food, fair prices, and genuinely friendly staff. This is an absolutely beautiful ride. I had my wife drop me off in at on end and picked me up at the other end. For the most part, the trail is well-maintained with evidence of brush having been trimmed back earlier in the summer (though they could've done a better job of clearing the brush off to the side). Youker, Last August I did the part from Canaan west to Lebanon and this year I finished the trail from Canaan east to the county line at Zaccaria Road The trail was a bit rough but fine with a hybrid bike. Very few soft spots. Lots of shade and you pass Mascoma Lake and there are a couple of spot that you can go in for a swim. Sorry folks. and park at Zaccaria Rd.. Danbury is just East of Grafton and if you look for Zaccaria Rd. End to end, with interest stops, swimming, and lunch, took us ten hours each day. [3] Visitors and residents such as actor William Gillette whose castle home was completed in 1914, were drawn to the area known for its rural charm and natural scenery. Wonderful ride along a stream, also padding covered bridge. I took a 10 mile ride north to Franklin and return on June 1 2017. to pick up the Northern Rail Trail for a ride to Potter Place in Andover, NH. It's on L. We found out it is closed on Tuesdays. This is the best rail trail I've been on - solid surface of crushed stone, quite wide, only rare spots of sand or water and those easily navigated. The leaves were changing colors and we really enjoyed the trail bed itself. Took trail for about 16 miles to town beach at Highland Lake on Channel Road. I saw a lot of road bikes on the Enfield section. It actually felt like the trail was mine alone until then. The railbed continuing east is legally accessible, and is probably usable by snow machines, but still has the ballast. There is little canopy, so have plenty of water handy--bring what you need, as there are no stores visible from the trail pretty much all the way from Franklin to Andover. If you're looking for a good lunch stop in Franklin, go off trail and follow Route 3 into town where you'll find Al's Village Restaurant and Pizza. You will see a town line marker when you are on the trail. The first couple of miles from Zaccaria Road are a bit rough but no problem for a hybrid. Hybrid bikes even with 35mm wide tires are good as there is little sand if any. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Nice ride. For … My only complaint about this trail is that it is often in view and earshot of the highway, but it is quite scenic nevertheless. Handicap Port-a-potty , picnic tables and trash receptacles are available at the beach. I did not see my first person until 11 miles in and only past about 7 people on my round trip. St. Stephen's Bell - thought to be the oldest bell in the New World, it was cast in a Spanish monastery in 815AD and brought to the US in 1834. You can easily ride 2 abreast on this entire section. Lots and good parking at the end at Lebanon. It is nice to be able to stop and enjoy Higland Lake and Webster Lake. I would give this 4 1/2 stars if I could. That’s the LAST thing you want if you’re a voter 01-08-2021, 02:40 PM 87Camarottop : 420 posts, read 87,339 times Reputation: 235. If you're riding the Franklin/Boscawen section on a Sunday during the summer, stop in at the Franklin Historical Society at Webster Place and say hi to the great folks there. There is a covered bridge and a swimming hole about a mile west of Andover. The trailhead will be about 1/3 of a mile from there on the right. The views of the lake are beautiful. But I will be back. Views were fantastic of the lakes, rivers, and streams. There were 3,174 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. Only had time to ride 7 miles of the trail. I submitted a picture of the start of theGrafton Cty part of the trail at Zaccaria Road at the eastern end which is clearly passable with a hybrid bike and where there is parking off Rt 4. Took photos of all but the whistle post east of Grafton, uploaded them to Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/russnelson/tags/northernrailtrail/ There's a nice treatment of a former at-grade crossing. Deeded ROW to Perry Ct to access Lake Sunapee without going back onto Rt 103A. There are a couple of historical signs and the remains of a stone foundation of a locomotive turntable to be seen along the way, but by and large there's little of interest along this 10-mile stretch. Funds are in hand to extend the trail another two miles toward Franklin in September of '09 and another eight miles toward Danbury in '10. I've been a hiker for about 20 years. Still, it is a historically significant trail with spectacular views, especially the areas by Lake Mascoma and near Mt Cardigan. That would add about 2.8 more miles length to the 23.8 mile trail. Lebanon. "Well maintained, super views, particularly the section from Lebanon to Canaan. Love both trails and plan to bike them more next season. The surface is mostly packed gravel. center right at the end of the trail in Lebanon where you can do your business. There are numerous points of interest and railroad heritage, particularly from Lebanon to Franklin. Adam Chandler86/flickr. Leaving Lebanon on 7/10/15, we rode through to Boscawen, where we stayed over Friday evening. This is a serious deficiency. We rode the trail from the northern end (Lebanon) to the southern end (Boscawan) and had a great day. Did the trail in 6 hours stopping to take pictures. Passed about ten to fifteen people, total. Captain John Chapman began ferry service across the Connecticut River in 1695, which ended with the completion of the swing bridge in 1913. The per capita income for the town was $28,112. Coordinates: 43.6280, -72.1456. We rode from Lebanon, and the scenery for the first four miles or so is among the best of any rail trail I have ever seen. Wildlife was limited to birds, squirrels, and chipmunks but still quite respectable. I rode into Potter Place in Andover, NH, passing some short sections of track that are in place as part of this historical section of town, and one siding had a boxcar, another a caboose. Otherwise not really much to see. Use caution at the ""double bridge."" Lake Sunapee is located within Sullivan County and Merrimack County in western New Hampshire, the United States. The trail skirts the northern shore of the 1,100-acre Mascoma Lake, where you can enjoy a quick swim on a hot day. Mascoma Lake depth map (nautical chart) The marine chart shows water depth and hydrology on an interactive map. The trail itself was a pleasure. The Merrimack County section is a nice, wooded ride, but lacks signs/maps and there are very long stretches with no access to food or places to stop. Males had a median income of $45,500 versus $36,055 for females. MEREDITH, NH -- Excellent opportunity to own a piece of Lake Winnipesaukee in this desirable Meredith location. . In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. For those of you who are anxious about bathrooms, there is a rec. We parked at the Danbury Store, but there is plenty of places to park at Potter Place as well. There is the remains of a possible turn table in the Canaan town park, Potter Place with its beautifully intact station and freight house, and the remains of a turn table in Franklin - or is this an ancient stone circle?? Even though it was a Saturday there were few people on the trail, maybe 7 cyclists on this 10 mile section. At 7.5 miles beautiful views of Webster Lake, and at 12.5 miles beautiful Highland Lake awaits. We had a great ride right from the Park N Ride off exit 17W off Rte 93. There are plans to work on this section of the trail soon. I was pretty much alone in the woods and found it very quiet, peaceful, scenic and an easy first ride of the season. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. Find a Lake Realtor, Agent, Broker or … Glad I got to ride the dirt and gravel before they make it smooth. We plan to go back and give it another try. Our favorites are JJ's pizza in Franklin and Salt Hill Tavern in Lebanon. I encountered warped deck boards sticking up on bridges, trenches dug across the trail for drainage, muddy sections with poor drainage, narrow sections with no room to pass other users, narrow sections with waist high weeds and grass. Expect little to no cellphone signal from ATT & VZN over most of the trail. the weather was perfect and the packed surface was smooth and could be used by a road bike. We made our return ride to Lebanon the next day. 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