Northern Rail Trail

New Hampshires Upper Valley Outdoor Activity Resource


Best Community run Trail
I was so impressed the first time I rode on the rail trail. I kept wondering when this thing was going to come to an end or turn into a brambled single track. When I found out it was 23 miles long I really couldn't believe it. It is a real gem and its right out the back door
James Chenoweth, Enfield New Hampshire


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Ed HIller

Ed Hiller

Ed Hiller of Andover, NH, repainting an original granite mile marker recently recovered and reinstalled on the rail trail. The opposite side reads WRJ 5. Ed has repainted each of the more than 20 mile markers in Merrimack Co., and will do the same when others are found for the Grafton Co. section.

restoring mile markers

restoring mile markers











Original granite mile marker being restored along the Northern in Lebanon. Distances to Boston and White River Jct. will repainted by restorer Ed Hiller.

Last Friday (5/23/14) a work crew ( Dick and Ann Corr, Al Decato, Paul Marshall, Richard Lammert, and Ken Warren) replaced the aging side boards on a small rail trail bridge just west of Sargent Road in Grafton. Everyone had a good time including the black flies. Trail users can now lean on the bridge without falling through. Many thanks to the volunteers that worked on the project. Ken Warren

Dick Mackay and Ken Warren opened up clogged ditches in the Orange Rock Cut in Orange NH on Friday morning. Leaves and other debris from a long winter impaired drainage in the rock cut. We discussed possibly using machines to do a better job at some time in the future. We also discussed raising the trail with about a foot of hardpak to create a deeper ditch and keep the trail dry. In the meantime we will have to use shovels, rakes and muscle power to keep the trail dry during the wet season.

Also we are getting ready to fix the broken side rails on a small bridge just east of the Grafton store in Grafton. Dick Corr will be the lead carpenter and brains of the operation with support from a few gofers and screw gun operators.

FNRT..that’s us at… the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail… just… Continue reading

Please join the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee for the first-ever Mascoma Watershed Summit, to be held on Saturday April 5th at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. To register online for this free one-day conference of local community organizations, please go to

The summit is planned as a get-together for the members of local community groups, non-profit organizations and municipal boards/commissions to meet each other, share what projects they are working on, and have break-out discussions on how groups can work together and build on each other’s successes. The goal is to foster communication and collaboration among the many local community organizations and groups that are located within the Mascoma River Watershed.

We are very excited to have Assistant Commissioner Vicki Quiram of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services as our keynote speaker.

In addition, we will have a hands-on, interactive model of a stream bed and floodplain… Continue reading