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Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail


This 42 mile trail runs from Keene to Winchester and is one of the two longest recreational rail trails in the state.

Permitted Uses

Hike, Bike, Horse, Snowshoe, Nordic, Snowmobile, Mushing

Parking Areas

Fitzwilliam: Head south on Route 12, right to Old Depot area. Parking is across from the State Line Store.

The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog

“If you have a whole day and you love adventures, taking on the entirety of the Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail would be a perfect way to spend the day. Since we didn’t have the whole day, we decided to start at a trailhead off of Route 12 in northern Troy and ride through downtown Keene. It was all downhill from there (literally)! My favorite part of the trail was feeling the cool breeze between the massive cuts through granite in northern Troy. The air was calmer, less humid, and much cooler because the breezy wind current is consistent. Very nice for snack breaks. To read more about my experience on our blog: From Railroad to Rail Trail.”


For more photos and posts, follow The New Hampshire State Park Experience blog.

Organizations that work in with the Bureau of Trails to help maintain this trail are: