Northern Recreational Rail Trail

Activities and Amenities

Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking
* biking & mtn biking
Mushing
Mushing
Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling
Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing


This 48- mile trail is the longest rail trail under our management; its ultimate length will be 59 miles. It begins at Webster Place off Route 3 in Franklin and ends at Spencer Street in Lebanon. The trail spans two counties and has been worked on heavily the past five years to make it a destination four season trail. The surface on most of the trail is exceptional for walking and biking as well as all other permitted uses. The scenery is fabulous as it meanders through farm lands lakes and quaint towns. Mascoma Lake, the restored Enfield Depot, Potter Place Depot, Highland Lake and the covered bridge at Bridge Road are must see parts of the trail.

Permitted Uses

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

Parking Areas

Lebanon: Spencer Street
Andover: Rt. 4, Potter Place
East Andover: Highland Lake Inn Trailhead
Boscawen: Gerrish Depot off Rt. 3

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

Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, Merrimack County (FNRT-MC)
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, Grafton County (FNRT)
Andover Snowmobile Club
Bike The Northern Rail Trail Brochure