Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail

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Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail

Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail
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Bden99
Manchester, NH1,154 contributions
Sep 2020
We started in Fitzwilliam at State Line Circle. There is parking for several cars on this dirt road, but no actually parking lot. The trail itself is a mix of rocky, grassy, and sandy stretches. I would recommend a mountain bike. It is a fairly remote area with few road crossings and the scenery is generally good
Written August 31, 2020
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Chyna
North Adams, MA41 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
What a beautiful trail to walk on especially when the foliage hits its peak! I would not recommend running this trail, it can be very slippery especially after the rain or snow and is very rocky with uneven ground once you pass the third gate. Speaking from experience, I’d also not walk or run at night you never know who or what you’ll run into. If you do like running and especially during the summer you’ll love that the trail is very cool and shady just be aware that the smooth flat ground will change very quickly! Best of luck to all my nature lovers out there☺️
Written February 7, 2020
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Gail P
Keene, NH8 contributions
Dec 2019
Love the rail trail and have walked it too many times over the years to calculate. In all but the dead of winter, easily 4 times a week. It is a frequently traveled trail for walkers, runners, bikers and horses, all courteously sharing the beauty.
Written March 5, 2020
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413lee
Keene, NH8 contributions
Sep 2019
The Cheshire Rail Trail is fantastic place enjoy the outdoors.You can ride it, walk it, hike it, whatever your interests. In some parts you can also ride horses. No motorized vehicles are allowed.
If your new to the area you should familiarize yourself with the entry points and where they take you.
Written March 5, 2020
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TrainManDan10
Keene, NH1,822 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
After moving to the local area in June 2017 from Manassas, Virginia, my wife and I discovered this rail trail as a peaceful place for a nature walk with our visiting adult children or with our two, now one, Golden Retriever dogs, which we always have on leashes. We usually access the trail just off Rt 9 about a mile west of Home Depot. Check Google Maps for more details. We walk west for up to a mile along a trail that is in good condition.
Written November 15, 2020
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TrainManDan10
Keene, NH1,822 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
My wife and I moved to Surry, NH, three years ago and have enjoyed this attraction for many reasons: 1. historic rail right-of-way, 2. nature, 3. exercise, and 4. tranquility.

This visit was no different. We usually go to the most peaceful section, accessed by taking Rt 9 pass Base Hill Road and taking the first right turn (less than one mile) and parking along the road about one min drive from Rt 9. We always take our leashed Golden Retriever.
Written July 4, 2020
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NHSkier85
Keene, NH9 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
This is a great trail for biking, running or walking. You do have to understand which section of the trail you will be on to pick the right activity. The sections of the trail within 2-3 miles of Main St in Keene are mostly paved, even and appropriate for any of the above choices. Once you get more than 3-4 miles outside of town, the trail has many sections that may be sandy, rocky, muddy, etc... To travel these sections, bring a mountain bike (not road bike or hybrid) or go on foot. My personal ride of choice takes the trail North & West out of Keene up to Stuart & John's Pancake House. This is not a short ride (about 26 miles round trip) and does require a mountain bike or fat bike if you want to ride. The 1st 5-6 miles out of Keene on this route are paved, then cinder, then some dirt/sand but can be ridden on a road bike or hybrid (or a normal cruiser). This is a rail trail so the normal gradient is about 2% (uphill or downhill) so it does involve and steep climbs.
Written April 11, 2016
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Wombat27_11
Brattleboro, VT201 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The rail trail is simply the best kept egret in the area. Over 22 miles of trail running on an old maintained rail be from Swanzey to Walpole, it covers a wide variety of terrain. Within Keene and down towards Swanzey there are urban neighborhood sections, flat and smooth and perfect for walking, running, biking. From Irom Forge Road north the trail quickly turns to beautiful sections through mixed woodland, and sections deeply cut into the rock. Here the surface is less smooth - good for walking, running and trail bikes. (no motorized vehicles allowed except in winter). Since it was a train bed the grade is always gradual, so no steep climbs anywhere. In Keene this is a must for a simple walk or ride. North of Keene it is a marvelous place of beauty and solitude. Access in this section is via local roads intersecting the trial about every2 or 3 miles. My husband and I have hiked all 22 miles out and back, taking it in gentle sections of 4 to 6 miles (out and back) each weekend, each summer or 3 years now.
Written June 20, 2015
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Honor J
Rye, NY43 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
I wanted to hike this trail, but even after an exhaustive internet search, could not find the detailed information I needed. I did learn that the trail is well maintained and that it is long - and not a loop. I asked the desk staff at the hotel in Keene for information, but none of them knew anything about it, although they were locals.

If you are staying in Keene, the trail head is located off of Gilbo Avenue - walk all the way to the end and cross Lake street, and you'll see signs. You will cross a high bridge over a highway, where you can see a mall to the left.

the trail is very wide - maybe 4 feet across (?) and is shared by walkers, runners, bikes, and horses. We walked from Keene to Stonewell Farm, which depending on which source you consult, is 3 or 4 miles. It parallels the Country Club golf course for part of the way, so although there are woods on one side, the golf club is on the other for part of the way, so we had an outdoor experience but didn't feel as if we had to look out for moose or bear!

The farm is clearly marked from the trail, and is a nice stop. It has bathrooms and a very small shop and a water fountain. We took a rest there and admired the animals (rabbit, goats, horses and cows).

I wanted to walk on, but had no idea what was ahead in the next mile or so. Would we see deep woods? Waterfalls? incredible vistas? We didn't know. We did know that the trail map says "to Walpole" but had no idea how far that would be, or if we would run into another town.

We decided to come back, the way we had come. It was a great few hours out of town, highly recommend it, but bring water and only walk half as far as you think you can - since you have to walk back!
Written September 7, 2015
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jaredcordes
Wabash, IN3 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
Beautiful scenic trail. Well maintained surface and easily accessible. I enjoyed running on this trail while visiting Keene, NH.
Written January 1, 2015
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