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!