The Presidential Rail Trail (PRT) was established in 1997. Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail in good condition. By section; Berlin to Gorham We have not been on this section cause we would have to go over the high bridge over the Andro with our horses and we need a pretty bombproof horse for that. The old RR grade is in good shape until you get past the treatment plant, and then it kind of ends. We started on the eastern end. We parked at the Rail Trail Parking lot on Rte 2 and headed west, toward Randolph, on the Presidential Rail Trail. (If you start at Airport Rd, you can add 2 miles to the 18 that Traillink states as the length of the trail.) In one spot, you actually cycle through someones back yard, within feet of their home. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Great for bikes too! This is steady uphill, though a slight grade, to Bowman. Come on, folks, you are missing the best kept secret in NH. In 6.6 miles you’ll come to the Castle trailhead, after crossing SR 115A. It was a bit more difficult than expected to find the trail start from the parking lot west of Gorham, where we were confused by a different signed bike trail which crosses the main road. Google Maps comes out at about 25 by road also and that path pretty much parallels the trail. Turn right onto US 2, go 11.6 miles, and a parking lot will appear to the left with signs for the Presidential Rail Trail. 115 the barking dogs you hear are sled dogs in the large barnyard of the house next to the trail. It is gravel, but in good shape and we see moutain bikes often. We rode through knee high and then waist high grass for many miles with nothing but ruts through the grass to guide us. There is an observation deck that is well worth stopping and having a snack or lunch. â¢ Burnham Greenway Trail - Four miles of this path are now open, more coming. You will answer questions about your platform and positions, and also about your campaign strategy. Presidential Rail Trail, Jefferson, NH, headed east towards the Presidential Range (October 22, 2017) 3. Between the lot at Airport Rd and Bowman, we encountered two large trees that had fallen across the trail and we were forced to haul our bikes across them one at a time. The pay-off is the huge Cherry Pond and adjacent marsh leading to and around the pond. A very nice ride any time of the year. Again, it is fairly secluded, though alongside a back dirt and tar road. It was a blue sky day, and the mountains were perfectly clear and sharp. Located a few hours from major cities you will find the town of Gorham and there, in this legitimately charming town, you will find the Presidential Rail Trail. I rode on a hybrid with 26"x1.75" tires, it was fine, but a narrow tire would be very uncomfortable on this trail. The grade was gentle and there were many pleasant views of Moose Brook and the Presidential Mountains. There are multiple access points to this trail system. Presidential Rail Trail Gorham to Whitefield Distance: 18 miles. Call 447-6991. Get out there and see what you are missing! The Appalachian Trail is located just a few miles farther east, cutting a north-south path beside the Rattle River and over US 2 (go to. The North Country Nature Series is sponsored in part by the Neil We have only gone to the Jefferson Highlands Road, and not all the way to the Whitefield airport. Nevertheless it was a great find! Itâs a beautiful bike path with a gentle uphill grade along the Moose River with increasing views of the Presidential Range. All the bikes and hikers I have met are so sweet and friendly. Still, all in all a great rail trail for riding in summer or especially during the fall colors. It skirts the wild life sanctuary and then goes along a pond. But you'll need to drop a car if you want the point-to point experience. In 11.1 miles turn left onto US 3. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. It is definitely maintained for snowmobiling and much of the new or repaired base is obviously for snowmobiles as it is large rock which would be covered with snow in the winter. After the trail crosses Jefferson Notch Road it begins to deteriorate with larger rocks for the base and high weeds. 27 Replies. We got off and walked Theatric and Tektonic over the bridge (really only 200 yards long!) Pleasant walk on a small section, but too close to garages and businesses. This 18 mile trail begins at Cherry Pond, a birdwatchers paradise, and ends in Gorham. There were some construction signs up; I think they were doing work on a private residence further back. and it is beautiful. At the west end, there are some large fields near the Whitefield Airport within 1/2 mile of the R2T kiosk (no big trailer parking at the kiosk). We may try that this summer. the next section to the airport looks interesting alongside a bog and pond and wildlife preserve. Gorham to Bowman This section is probably the most beautiful section. It runs northeast to Waumbek Junction, and then turns eastward. We biked the rail trail starting in Conway and going about halfway down and back. This was some of the roughest 20 miles of rail-trail that I've ridden and I've ridden over 4,000 miles this year. Thank you, whoever built it!! We rode the trail in two sections out and back over the course of two days. You pass the Appalachia parking lot where hikers start up onto Madison and Adams. Blazes scarce in places with some faded. With incredible views of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains, the Presidential Rail Trail will take you past peaks named after various presidents as well as ponds, brooks and Moose River. Be careful where you park your horse trailers. Spectacular panoramic views of the Presidential Mountain Range, Kilkenny Range and Cherry Mountain from the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge Mountains, ponds, wetlands, rocky streams and rivers, wildflowers, birds, bear, moose, beaver ponds, dark forest canopyâ¦this trail has it all I stopped to do some fishing along the way which was a bonus. The 18-mile Presidential Rail Trail runs from Cherry Pond in Jefferson to Gorham, with gorgeous views of the Presidential Range the whole way. The bridge looks like it is a mile long, and very high over the RR tracks, the main road, and the river. There are a few Any roads are miles away and the R2T crosses the river many times on the old but redecked bridges. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Our horses have shoes with borium studs and snow popper pads to keep the snow out. From Jefferson Notch west riding a hybrid might be difficult due to the changing trail conditions. Walking, bike riding, this trail can't be beat. I first heard of this recreational trail in the White Mountains just a few months ago. This is a great trail! This is a beautiful section of trail. Like Lincoln, the Presidential railcar also was part of the rail procession that delivered Rooseveltâs body back to his home town after his sudden death in 1945. It has beautiful scenery, quiet, easy access parking areas. in the mountains to enjoy the easy ride. The horseflies are terrible. I would suggest the paved Trail Parking lot right on Rt 2 3/4 mile west of the lights in Gorham, or the NF parking next to Rt 2 and 1 mile west of Lowes Store in Randolph. There are waterfalls next to the rail bed, and the bridges are re built to be safe for horses at a walk. Don't get me wrong, the bridges are very safe on this section of trail, but we always walk over them with the horses. Another beautiful winter Saturday rding our horses in New Hampshire. The Presidential Rail Trail is also part of the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail, spanning 83 miles between Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Bethel, Maine. The trail is probably best ridden on a mountain bike, though you would get by with a hybrid. 3 hours with a lunch stop and numerous breaks to take in the scenery. Explore the Other Side of the Presidentials You cross the roads up to Cherry Mountain and to Jefferson Notch. I guess it should have been expected since itâs an old rail route. We only came upon one snowmachine and one hiker, and the trail needs some snow to cover bare spots. It is best if you slow down and talk to us and motor slowly past the horses. Anyway, this is a beautiful ride, or walk, or bike. As we got ready to ride at noon, the snowmachines were zooming by. :). Join us for a walk at the Presidential Rail Trail in Gorham with lifelong birder Will Broussard who will lead us on a walk through mixed forest and field habitats looking for southbound migrant songbirds. If you keep moving, they are OK. Again, thanks for slowing down and talking to us. We are getting more involved with R2T and trails organizations so that these incidents can be avoided by proper construction. The best!! But I was disappointed and scared on the bridges over Moose Brook (Gorham Side) many boards are rotten and broken, very unsafe for horses and others. Cross the Twin Mtn road and you are back in the woods. The nearly 20-mile Presidential Rail Trail that runs from Gorham to the Airport-Hazen Road near the Whitefield Airport is now used by motorized off-highway recreational vehicles, cross-country skiers and snowshoers from Dec. 15 on through winter and by strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians the rest of the year. The falling leaves hid some of the large stones that dotted the two single tracks that were much of the trail. Washington Auto Road: Tickets & Toursâ, Moose Brook State Park: Tickets & Toursâ, Presidential Rail Trail: Tickets & Toursâ, Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum: Tickets & Toursâ, Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum: Tickets & Toursâ, Medallion Opera House: Tickets & Toursâ, White Mountain ATV Rental: Tickets & Toursâ, Scoggins General Store: Tickets & Toursâ, Moose Meadow Mini Golf: Tickets & Toursâ, AMC Pinkham Notch Visitors center: Tickets & Toursâ. As you can see from the pictures, we had a beautiful ride. It goes past the old Meadows station and out to Pond-o-Cherry. Instead, we finally braved it and went over the bridge over the Androscoggin River and on up the west side of the river to Berlin. This portion makes for an especially fun ride, as the trail smooths out and slopes gently downward, with more stunning views of the mountain range. Some mantainence on the trail for bikes would be nice, even mowing would help. This 18 mile trail begins at Cherry Pond, a birdwatchers paradise, and ends in Gorham. The trail passes an old water plant from the early days of the railroad where spring water was bottled and moved to cities for sale. Come join us, winter or summer. It was so nice after grueling hikes. The trail crosses SR 115A in 0.6 mile, then 0.1 mile after that is Mill Brook, and 0.2 mile after that is Red Brook. Mount Rushmore and Presidential Trail Loop is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Keystone, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Several bridges here cross over the Moose River, the first one 2.3 miles after Snyder Brook. There is also a section of about 150 ft. of large ballast stone that you need to be careful crossing. The scenery is outstanding throughout, with views of the presidential range, waterfalls, beaver ponds, and wildlife. From Gorham to Rt. The R2T runs under Rt 2 and then alongside the Moose River in a secluded valley. The Androscoggin, which flows from Lake Umbagog to the Gulf of Maine, powered the primary industry of the region â â¦ I had two ticks on my legs from the tall grass btw. The answers will affect your popularity for better or worse, both nationally and in individual states. and Kathy was more nervous than they were. We park our horse trailer on Rt 2 about 1/2 mile west of the light in town on the trail parking lot in between Rt 2 and the R2T. It is not a family friendly trail nor is it for hybirds or other bikes. This means I held a lead rope and brought along another, riderless, horse. You donât actually have to scale huge peaks to take in the breathtaking beauty of the White Mountainsâ Presidential Range. I would love to help fix these, as this trail is a gem ! Around Waumbeck Junction, about 1.5 miles into the trail, you’ll pass near the pond on your left. New Hampshire State Parks welcome hikers and walkers on their trails. But, we will check this out someday. Except for the development and the main road always present on the other side of the river, it is very secluded and a nice ride. We started at the old Highlands station at the west end of the Valley Road (Jefferson), next to Rt 115, the Twin Mt road. living in the old station (not the dogs!) This is the Silvio Conte Fish and Wildlife Area. The eastern endpoint of the trail is located in Gorham, home of the Gorham Historical Society and Railroad Museum and Moose Brook State Park, a great place for camping, picnicking, and fishing. A small saw will cut these trees. You will find some descriptions of way out there objectives, such as summiting all of New Hampshires 4000ers in a single push or the 50-mile \"24-hour Hut Traverse\"! In 11.1 miles turn left onto US 3. All in all, I would not recommend this trail to any but the hardiest souls with a good mountain bike. Regardless, this bridge is not for the faint hearted horse or rider. Start at the parking lot on Rt 2 in Gorham, and in 1/2 mile, you are on a remote rail bed along a river with views of Mt Madison and Mt Adams, the second highest peaks in the White Mtns. Washington and his presidental brothers were all bright and sharp and clear in their glory. The current permitted uses on the PRT are: hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and mushing. I just love to ride my horses on this trail. Arrange to visit Presidential Rail Trail and other attractions in Gorham using our Gorham trip itinerary planner. Few people and all super friendly and helpful! Then carried on towards Gorham. It is about 3 or 4 miles from the big bridge up to the end of the trail in Berlin. 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