You’ve Never Experienced Anything Like This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In New Hampshire
There are plenty of rail trails in New Hampshire – following the site of old rail lines, they usually provide a flat trail perfect for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and more. But one rail trail in New Hampshire truly stands out for its remarkable views.
The 18-mile Presidential Rail Trail runs from Cherry Pond in Jefferson to Gorham, with gorgeous views of the Presidential Range the whole way.
The trail runs along the path of a rail line that the Boston & Maine Railroad once used to haul paper. The trail feels remote, but it's never too far from towns if you want to venture off it.
It's a perfect place to hike with your friends, walk your dog, or take a leisurely bike ride.
You might even spot some horses here and there! In the winter, the trail is also popular with cross-country skiiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.
Of course, it's stunningly beautiful in the fall when the surrounding mountains and forest turn glorious shades of orange and red.
Whether you prefer the foliage or the blooms of early spring, you'll find stunning natural beauty the whole way. You'll be amazed by the number and variety of birds you'll hear singing, and you might just hear some moose.
The trail goes through the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and passes the Israel and Moose Rivers - you'll even cross some bridges along the way. So don't forget to bring your camera when you explore this trail!
There are several locations along the trail where you can park and begin your walk. To learn more, visit the New Hampshire State Park’s
webpage about the trail.
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