WOW TRAIL:

LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

LAKE WINNISQUAM SCENIC TRAIL:

BELMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Last Updated:       July 27, 2017

Length:                 WOW Trail; 2.5 miles

                               Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail; 1.8 miles

Difficulty:            Easy. Flat paved rail trail. 

Directions:     

From I-93 take exit 20 to Route 3 north.

To Start from Elm Street (WOW Trail); After 6.5 miles you’ll come to the junction of Routes 3 & Bus 3.Continue straight along Bus Route 3 for 2.8 miles to Elm St and turn left. A small parking lot is on your right next to the FD. Trail begins across Elm St. More parking is located off Railroad Ave (just down Elm St on your right) next to the old Lakeport Freight Depot (1889).

To start from Osborne’s Agway parking lot (Winni Trail); After 5.3 miles you’ll come to Osborne’s Agway on your left. A small parking lot is located next to the trail head.

The WOW Trail runs adjacent to the railroad tracks currently used by the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and within sight of Lake Opechee. Originally, this line was the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad (later absorbed by the Boston & Maine Railroad. The trail travels west to the Belmont town line where it connects to the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail. This trail utilizes part of the old rail bed, as well as, conservation land along Lake Winnisquam. For more information visit; WOW TRAIL and WINNI TRAIL .

Starting from Elm Street; The paved WOW Trail begins at the intersection with Union Ave (small Pocket Park here) traveling south alongside the RR tracks used for the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.

Note; Just north up Union Ave on your left is the old Lakeport Freight Depot (1889).

This is an open, commercial corridor that follows alongside Lake Opechee on your right, however, few open views of the Lake. Cross Messer St after 0.8 miles where the trail leaves the RR tracks following alongside the road. Cross over Jewett Brook, looking left and spot where the RR Bridge crosses the Brook. Cross Messer St again at 1.1 miles where you’ll pick up the RR tracks again as you enter a residential corridor. Cross Main St following the brick lined path past the Laconia Train Station at 1.4 miles. I haven’t checked out this next section. Cross Pleasant St where the paved trail travels between New Salem St and the RR tracks. The trail continues alongside the tracks, crossing Water St before veering right out to Fair St at about 1.9 miles. Head left across the Brook an you’ll pick up both the trail and tracks heading right along an industrial/residential corridor. Soon you’re afforded open views of Lake Winnisquam. The trail runs between the lake/tracks and Routes 11A & BUS 3. After 2.5 miles you’ll cross into Belmont, connecting to the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail. I haven’t checked out this section. The paved trail continues alongside the road leaving the Lake behind before coming to Leslie Roberts Drive. Turn right and you’ll pick up the paved trail across this road.

Note; Leslie Roberts Beach is located at the end of this road.

The trail travels along old Horse Point Rd through NH Conservation lands. I believe the trail is slightly hilly. The tail then turns right where it rejoins the RR tracks alongside the Lake. Finally the trail turns left back out to Routes 3 & 11 after 1.8 miles. The Osborne’s Agway parking lot is located here.

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