Recommended New Hampshire cycling routes

Suggested  on-road bicycle routes from the NHDOT: Great North Woods Region  (green) White Mountain Region (orange) Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region (yellow Lakes Region (blue) Monadnock Region (purple) Merrimack Valley Region (light reen) Seacoast Region (aqua) Cycling Trails in New Hampshire Alhern State Park, Laconia Basin Trail , North Chatham at Wild River Campground 4.5 miles Bear Brook State Forest Allenstown, 40 miles Beaver Brook , Hollis, 35 miles of trails Black Cap Hurricane Mountain Road, North Conway, 6 miles Bicentennial Trail and Hemlock Loop Amherst , 12 Miles Cherry Mountain, Route 302 Twin Mountain , 25 miles Cheshire Rail Trail MA … Continue reading Recommended New Hampshire cycling routes

New Hampshire state parks bicycle trails

Bear Brook State Park,  Allenstown NH,  map to park .   10,000 acre park with varied terrain. Bear Brook Trails Map Franconia Notch State Park (Franconia Notch Bike Path) map to park  features Flume Gorge, The Old Main of the Mountain Profile, Profile Lake, Boise Rock, The Basin, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and Echo Lake. Franconia Notch Map Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir Dunbarton:  8,000 acres with 20 miles of  advanced intermediate to expert terrain.  trail map Weeks State Park, Lancaster (map to park).  Views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy … Continue reading New Hampshire state parks bicycle trails

Vermont – New Hampshire – Eastern Townships 4 Day Cycling Tour

This tour averages approximately 90 miles per day, starting from Newport Vermont. The ride heads east on the first day to New Hampshire with the option to ride south and back north along the Connecticut river. The second day continues north through New Hampshire wilderness over the border to Lac Megantic in Quebec. The third day turns back east to Magog, one of the most popular towns in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The Eastern Townships is sometimes called Quebec’s playground, with cycling as a local attraction. The final day starts from Magog with a ride over Mount Orford and … Continue reading Vermont – New Hampshire – Eastern Townships 4 Day Cycling Tour

Amesbury Pawtuckaway Getaway

This is a ride that heads northwest from Amesbury MA on rural roads through some of New Hampshire’s smaller communities. The longest version enjoys some nice climbs around Mount Pawtuckaway. Thanks to DG Cycles in Epping for the inspiration– I borrowed sections from a couple of their shop rides. Start: Amesbury Elementary School, South Hampton Road, Amesbury, MA (map to start) 30 mile route at RideWithGPS GPX Track (.gpx) Cue sheet and route map 44 mile medium route at RideWithGPS GPX Track (.gpx) Cue sheet and route map Continue reading Amesbury Pawtuckaway Getaway

New Hampshire’s Northern Rail Trail

The Northern Rail Trail follows a section of Boston & Maine’s abandoned railway heading southeast from Lebanon, New Hampshire that once went to Boston, stretching across the Mascoma Valley in central New Hampshire. The 23.8-miles between Lebanon and Grafton follow the Mascoma River and passes beside Mascoma Lake. The Merrimack County Section is now connected to this section, making the 46 mile trail the longest in New Hampshire. The unpaved trail has a mix of surfaces, including stone dust, wet areas and some coarse gravel. Cycling is now possible on most sections. Local snowmobile clubs have constructed bridges and use … Continue reading New Hampshire’s Northern Rail Trail

AMC Peterborough NH Hill Ride

This 46 mile road bike ride is on quiet back roads in the Monadnock region. with 4500 ft.of vertical rise with approximately 2 miles of well packed dirt roads. Offered through the Appalachian Mountain Club, participants must be able to maintain an overall 12.5 on winding mountainous roads. Rde leader: Mike Barry View at AMC site Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading AMC Peterborough NH Hill Ride

Goffstown Rail Trail

The 5.5 mile Goffstown Rail Trail follows the former Boston & Maine railroad right of way from the Piscataquog River near the Main Street bridge in Goffstown, New Hampshire to the Manchester city line near in Pinardville. Running parallel to Mast Road and the Piscataquog River, eventually the Goffstown trail will connect to Manchester’s Piscataquog Trail. Most of the trail is useable on foot or bicycle. The surface is rough or eroded in some places, so road bikes are not recommended. http://goffstownrailtrail.org/docs/PrintableMapGRT_2011-09.pdf Continue reading Goffstown Rail Trail

Keene, NH bicycle rides

Rides starting in Keene, NH.  Most are listed by the Monadnock Cycling Club: Route 12A out-and-back A relatively flat ride toAlstead and back toKeene. . Sawyer’s Crossing loop A 20 mile flat loop through Swanzey. Bingham Hill loop Climb up Bingham Hill. West Swanzey (including Ash Hill)  A 25 mile flat loop inWest Swanzey with a short climb of Ash Hill West Swanzey ramble A flat  25 mile loop. Westmoreland loop 22 miles with ascents of Hurricane Road and Edgar Road Troy-Marlborough loop A 26 mile  loop through Troy and Marlborough . Old Walpole-Walpole Valley loop A rolling 33 miles … Continue reading Keene, NH bicycle rides

Manchester: Rockingham Recreational Trail

The unpaved 26-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail follows the former Portsmouth Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The NH DOT converted the abandoned railway into a rail-trail. The western end of the trail begins along the shore of Massabesic Lake in Manchester NH and carves its way through secluded woodlands to the Newfields railroad depot. Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Manchester: Rockingham Recreational Trail

Hampton Ocean and Bay

This is the 67 mile version of a ride starting from Hampton NH to Portsmouth NH and back. It includes miles of gorgeous cycling along the New Hampshire coastline, a visit to charming Portsmouth, and a loop around Great Bay. 67 miles Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course 46 miles Leaves out Great Bay but joins the longer route on some of the nice rural roads west of Rt. 1 and I-95. Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course 32 miles … Continue reading Hampton Ocean and Bay

Nashua River Rail Trail

The Nashua River Rail Trail follows the former Hollis branch of the Boston and Maine Corp. railroad for 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable, with a 10-foot wide paved surface for the entire length. The trail travels along a varied and scenic landscape, and no motorized vehicles are allowed. The Nashua River Rail Trail opened in 2002. Parking areas for access to the trail are located in Ayer, Groton, and Dunstable. Route at RideWithGPS GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Nashua River Rail Trail

Rockingham County Ride

This is a North Shore Cyclists Ride Start: Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill, MA map to start Directions: From Rte 495 north, take exit 50. At end of ramp go straight across Broadway onto Monument St., then go straight through 4-way stop. Haverhill High School is on the right. From Rte 495 south, take exit 50. At end of ramp take a left onto Broadway, then take next left onto Monument St., then go straight through 4-way stop. Haverhill High School is on the right. Description: A classic NSC ride touring scenic Rockingham County NH. Quiet roads, rolling … Continue reading Rockingham County Ride