GOFFSTOWN RAIL TRAIL:

GOFFSTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Last Updated:       August 23, 2023

Length:                 Goffstown Rail Trail; 5.5 miles 

Difficulty:             Easy. Flat, hard packed dirt, crushed gravel and stone-dust rail trail.

Directions:

From the intersection of  I-293/Route 101 & the Everett Turnpike take Route 101 to Route 114. Follow Route 114 to Mast Rd (Route 114A). 

To start from the Sarette Recreational Complex parking lot [Eastern End]; Head right along Mast Rd for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Roosevelt St, then first left on Laurier St. The park entrance will be on your right. Enter the park and bear left. From the parking lot travel past the gate (next to a Porto-Potty) along the dirt road between the fields, then left along the end of the fields. The road then heads down hill. Pass between the transmission lines and through the fence to the trail after 0.3 miles. The 0 Mile Marker is just to your right at the Manchester town line.

To start from the Mast Road (Route 114) parking lot [Center West Section]; Head left along Mast Rd for 2.3 miles. The parking lot is on your right.

The Goffstown Rail Trail travels along the railroad bed of the old Goffstown & Manchester Railroad, also known as the NH Central RR and later the North Ware Branch of the Concord RR. East tt connects to the Piscataquog Trail in Manchester. Future plans call for connection west to the New Boston Rail Trail . For more information visit; GOFFSTOWN RAIL TRAIL .

Starting from the Goffstown/Manchester Town Line [Eastern End]; The 0 Mile Marker is painted on a short white post next to the trail. Mile Markers are located every 0.5 miles along the trail. 

Note; Heading East the paved Piscataquog Trail crosses over the Piscataquog River Reservoir and continues into Manchester. See; Manchester Trails .

Heading West the wide, crushed gravel Goffstown Rail Trail travels along a high berm with the Piscataquog River Reservoir below. You'll quickly pass by a fence on your left with a gap that takes you up to the Sarette Recreational Complex parking lot. Continuing along the shaded ridge-line the trail then travels along a short berm before passing by the Moose Club Park Road parking lot at 0.6 miles. A Map Board is located here. The trail continues along the ridge-line before passing by an old cement RR Whistle marker on your right and crossing Lynchville Park Rd at 1.3 miles. The stone-dust trail passes through a rock cut heading inland where you'll cross Morgan Circle followed by Danis Park Road parking lot at 1.7 miles. Pass by an old cemetery on your right followed by a Map Board before coming alongside the NH Prison for Women. A cross-light takes you over Henry Bridge Rd at 2.4 miles. Continue straight out to Mast Rd at 2.7 miles where an automated cross-light takes you across this busy road. As you travel west nice stone pavers serve as the trail until you pass in front of Pro Landscape. The stone-dust trail then runs behind Magoo's Drive-In. It parallels Mast Rd. At 3 miles a short section of trail consists of hard packed dirt and gravel, as of June 2023. Also, as you approach the Shell Gas Station at 3.5 miles another short section of trail consists of hard packed dirt and gravel, as of June 2023. A trail travels left around this gas station out to Tatro Dr. 

As of August 2023, a trail is under construction that will take the trail alongside Tatro Dr West back to the trail. 

This next section has a wide, hard packed gravel base that takes you through the woods and out to Mast Rd. Another automated cross-light gets you over the road to a crushed gravel trail that passes by the Mast Road parking lot at 4 miles. Kiosk and Map here. Pass by Glen Lake along your right before crossing a small bridge. Pass by the Goffstown Parks & Rec. parking lot next to Mast Rd at 4.5 miles. Map Board located here. Cross Shirley Park Rd where the trail consists of crushed gravel to E Union St. Pass by another old cement RR Whistle marker on your right before crossing Shirley Park Rd again where your afforded views of Glen Lake. Come to East Union St at 5 miles. Here you'll turn right on-road (low traffic) and follow the road to a sharp left at 5.3 miles where you pick up the rail trail on your right. This last section is set to be upgraded in 2023. Follow across Factory St to the end of an old RR bridge abutment overlooking the Piscataquog River at 5.5 miles. Rotary Park is located across the river and the Route 114 bridge is on your left. A dam is on your right. Future plans call for connection west to the New Boston Rail Trail .

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