We have a book in our collection Rail-Trails New England [917.4 RAI] by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. It was published in 2007, but I really think it's time for a new edition! The rail-trail system has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 8 years. The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's "TrailBlog" is featuring the New Hampshire system in an article by Carl Knoch titled: "Rail-Trail Provides Economic Engine in the Granite State."
In southern New Hampshire, the approximately eight miles of the combined Derry Rail Trail and Windham Rail Trail represent the longest paved section of the Granite State Rail Trail—and the longest section of paved abandoned rail corridor in New Hampshire!The two links in the article take you to the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's pages, but the two trails also have their own sites. Windham Rail Trail Alliance's website is here, Facebook page here. Derry Rail Trail Alliance Facebook page is here (they have an old website that does not seem to be utilized any more).
Click here if you'd like to see the Granite State Rail Trail on a map.
Since this is school vacation week, you may want to take a long walk along the adjoining rail trails. You'll get exercise and enjoy the wonders of the natural world right here in NH!
Photo © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved: taken along the Derry portion, September 2013.