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Old Railroad Grade Trail

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Delorme describes it as: "Trail or Other Non-Vehicular Thoroughfare" pretty accurate, actually. The 3/4 mile is thickly forested Single Track running along the stream out to the pond. Expect one minor portage around a really soggy portion. It hooks up and into a wide gravel road. About another 1/2 mile up there is a spur trail off to the left that takes you out to a great little scenic point out on Heads Pond. After this diversion follow the road all the way out to the "sand trap" between Heads Pond and that other little pond where everybody swims on hot summer days (nice place to take a swim). Then up past Dead Head Rock, you really can't miss that. From there, it's a straight shot up to Rattlesnake Hill.
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Trail Directions
From I-93 take Exit 9 North (Hooksett) This will place you on Route 3 North Continue North about 7 miles. Green's Marine will be on your left, there is road-side parking on the right in front of concrete barriers and a private property sign. It's okay to park there! Though parking can be tough during fishing season. DO NOT FOLLOW THE TRAIL CROSSING THE POSTED PROPERTY. Follow the path down the bank to the boat launch, and then take a right.......... You can follow that all the way to Rattle Snake Hill.
Trail Length
2.68 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
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Review Date
April 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike Hinkle , from Hooksett NH USA

The trails have many side trails and can lead to a nice powerline trail and to manchester sand and gravels sand pits and even to some old railroad bed trails that will take you to candia and even to bear brook state park! If you dare to pass the No Trespassing signs at sand and gravel. But if you stay in bounds theres still great rideing some nice single track and always a place to take a cool dip. A+ ride.

Recommended Route:
Start behind the Hooksett libary.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Theres also a loop of trails you can access at the tolls at exit 11 park at the park and ride and if your looking at the tolls theres a hill to the right thats pretty steep walk your bike up that and you'll follow the highway for a bit then the trail takes a right into the woods if you take a right you'll end up on a road and if you take a left theres a real nice loop of trails with lots of options that all pretty much go to the same place not a long ride and not worth driving to but if you live in the area its worth checking out.

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Review Date
February 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: MTB-NH , from NH


I like this ride. It's mildly amusing and a nice diversion during mud season when my favorite trails at Bear Brook are too squishy. For a nice 5 Mile loop around Heads Pond, just take a hard left just before Dead Head Rock( ) and follow that road straight a few miles past the swamp to Bald Top Rock ( ) Take a left there try and climb it, it's deceptively easy.
Follow that road up the short hill then down the other side. Now, THIS IS IMPORTANT---> there is a trail taking off to the right just before the bend in the road, you want to take that and follow that back out to Rt. 3 otherwise you will cross posted private property. when you get out of the woods take a left and it's about a 1/3 mile road ride back to your car to cool off.

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Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear Brook State Park

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