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Monday, May 12, 2008

Rail Trail

Yesterday was a glorious day for a walk--sunny, but not too hot. My daughter and I decided to check out the Windham Rail Trail. It was something we had been planning on doing for quite a while, but we just never did. It was FABULOUS! The paved path was wide enough for walkers and bike riders. The scenery was awesome--wild flowers, chipmunks, beaver dams, etc. If you haven't yet been there yourself, do it! Visit the Windham Rail Trail Alliance for more information. If you're a runner, there is a certified 5K trail race coming up on June 1. Registration details are on the site.

This colorful caboose is located at the northern end of the Windham trail

The Windham paved trail is 4.1 miles, Derry is planning on paving an additional 3.6 miles. They, the Derry Rail Trail Alliance, received a promise of funding of $225,000 from the town, but it is contingent upon the Alliance raising an $150,000.

By the number of bikes we saw on the trail yesterday (it seemed like half of Windham was there on bikes), we could see that the additional length of trail up to Derry, would be welcomed. If you want to see the paving made a reality, think about contributing.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is a national organization devoted to converting old railroad tracks to trails. Visit their site for more trails in the northeast, or borrow the library's copy of the Conservancy's official guidebook, Rail-Trails New England [917.4 RAI].

If you'd like to check out the State of NH plans for the extended trail from Salem to Concord, visit the Dept. of Transportation site and look at the newly posted maps! Also, the first week of June will be Walk New Hampshire week, so dust off those walking shoes!

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