Places to Ride
Looking for new places to ride?
We have compiled a list of suggested areas to check out varying from Mountain Bike Parks, rail trails, and road routes.
If you have any questions about these locations, do not hesitate to reach out to us!
1. Bear Brook: (Allenstown, NH)
Bear Brook is a great location that has a wide variety of trail types. With over 10,000 acres and 40 miles of trails, mountain bikers of all levels will be able to find the best trails for them. There are several loops for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. To download a map and read more about specific trails check out NEMBA’s review on Bear Brook’s trails.
2. Highland Mountain Bike Park: (Tilton, NH)
Highland Mountain Bike Park is always a favorite for adrenaline junkies. This park is perfect for downhill mountain bikers and cross-country bikers. Highland features over 20 miles of trails and a wide range of trail types. Not only do they have great cross-country and downhill trails, but they also have a pump track, slopestyle course, and two dirt jump parks.
3. Franklin Falls: (Franklin, NH)
Franklin Falls is a great place for beginner and intermediate riders. Most of the trails are flowing single track with few rocks on the trails. It features over 10 miles of trails that were built by Mountain Bikers, specifically for mountain bikers. Although this trail system was built for mountain biking, it is a multi-use trail so be sure to stay aware of your surroundings when you are out there ripping around the single track.
4. Hospital Trails: (Concord, NH)
These trails are a local favorite because they are close, versatile, and always can count on finding just the right type of trail you are looking for. The hospital trails feature single trails, fire roads, and double-track trails. Although only four miles, bikers can always get a quick ride in by doing a couple of laps before or after work on this trail network.
5. Bow Town Forest: (Bow, NH)
Bow Town Forest has approximately six miles worth of trails of varying difficulty. There are both single and double tracks featured on this trail network. These trails will have some classic New England trail features – lots of roots, rocks, mud in spots, and some more technical single track. A great place for amateurs to become more comfortable with the technical stuff.
6. Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir: (Hopkinton, NH)
Known as Hop-Ev by the locals, this place is another gem in the Central New Hampshire area. Hop-Ev has approximately 20 miles worth of intermediate and advanced trails. This network of trails has wider trails and a technical single track. However, it is important to be aware of your surroundings when out on the trail. This trail network is multi-use. Bikers have found that the multi-use aspect is manageable and all trail users are respectful of one another.
7. Elm Brook: (Hopkinton, NH)
Elm Brook is a great place for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers with approximately 4 miles worth of trails, it has a quick single track to keep any rider on their toes. This is a multi-use trail system so please be respectful of others while out on the trails.
8. Curtisville and Batchelder Mills Road Trails: (Concord, NH)
This trail network has 6 miles worth of single-track trails that beginner and intermediate riders enjoy. These trails have some roots and narrower single tracks but also have views of lakes and ponds in Concord. The climbs are well worth the hard work. Check out singletrack.com’s review for more information.
8. Boston Lots: (Lebanon, NH)
The Boston Lots are loaded with all types of trails for every type of rider. With over 30 miles of trails, there are trails that accommodate beginner riders as well as trails that will put even the most advanced riders' hearts pumping. The trails have all types of terrains and feature a technical single track.
If you are looking for a place to spend the day exploring and mountain biking, this should be one of the areas at the top of your list. Check out their website for more information on the area, trail conditions, and site maps.
9. Hampstead Conservation Area, West Road: (Hampstead, NH)
The Hampstead Conservation Area has approximately 12 miles worth of trails and various loops for each type of rider. The trails all circulate around a bog and pond in Hampstead and are used solely by Mountain Bikers. The trails are in fairly good condition over the years and are well marked.
1. Northern Recreational Rail Trail (48 Miles long)
This trail is one of the most popular rail trails for gravel bikers and casual rides. The trail runs currently from Boscawen to Lebanon and is 48 miles long. The trail goes through various towns in New Hampshire and is a scenic ride. The trail is open for use year-round and trail users are frequent no matter what season it is.
2. Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail (7.7 Miles)
This trail is approximately 8 miles long and will take trail users to historic sites along the Contoocook River. You will cross over old railroad tracks and old mill sites along your route. The trailhead starts in Hillsborough and will end in Bennington.
3. Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (25.3 miles)
The Portsmouth Branch of the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail is a go-to destination for Southern and Central New Hampshirites. This trail is 25 miles long beginning in Manchester and ending in Newfield. The trail runs through small towns, and forests, and passes by historical sites.
4. Farmington Recreational Rail Trail (6 miles)
Although this is one of the shorter rail trails in New Hampshire being only 6 miles long, it brings users from Rochester to Farmington. This trail runs alongside the Cocheco River, making your bike journey a view.
5. Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail (42 miles)
In the Southwest corner of NH lies the Cheshire Recreational Rail Trail. The 42-mile-long trail runs from Fitzwilliam to North Walpole. This trail is mostly gravel making it perfect for hybrid and gravel bikers. Mid-way through the course, there is a brief section that runs through downtown Keene and then will continue on into the NH woods all the way to North Walpole.
6. Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (21 miles)
This rail trail is another Southwestern New Hampshire favorite as it brings users back to the heart of New Hampshire. The 21-mile-long trail features old-covered bridges and gravel trails. This trail begins in Keene and comes to a close in Winchester, New Hampshire.
7. Presidential Recreational Rail Trail (18 miles)
This 18-mile-long rail trail travels from Jefferson to Gorham, New Hampshire. The trail passes by Cherry Pond and several rivers. In the summer, this trail is closed to ATV usage making this trail a calm place for a relaxing ride in Northern New Hampshire.
8. Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail (9.5 miles)
The Sugar River Recreation Trail begins in Newport and ends in Claremont, New Hampshire. This trail is just under 10 miles long and parallels the sugar river and passes by several covered bridges. When riding this trail be aware that ATVs are allowed on this trail.
9. Cotton Valley Rail Trail (12 Miles)
This 12-mile-long trail begins in Wolfeboro and ends in Wakefield. This trail is only open to bikers, walkers, and horseback riders in the summer making it a favorite among gravel riders. The trail parallels an intact railroad that is used only for recreational purposes by local rail cars. The trial also happens upon Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake making your ride scenic and picture-worthy.
Where to Ride
If you’re looking for a decent place to ride your mountain bike or take a hike, check out our local trails, maintained by the city of Concord. Click on the link below to find a map of various trails that feature easy to rough terrain tucked beside reservoirs, streams, and deep woods. Whether you’re looking for a challenging single track or easy rolls, you’ll be well pleased by the city’s wonderful trail system.
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail maintains 59 miles of crushed gravel trail great for biking in the summer or cross-country skiing in the winter.
Directions to trailheads and trail maps can be found on the Concord City Trails website.
NEMBA has many trails all around New England, including the local gem Bear Brook.
A great comprehensive list of "The BEST Mountain Bike Trails in New Hampshire" ranked by Singletracks.