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Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 02:27 AM
Does anybody here get into exploring old railroad tracks? It seems that most of them are usually used for biking. I did hike on the tracks once over by Willard Mountain once. I didn't go too far because I really was going to the top of Willard. But the distance I did go (about 1/2 mile) was pretty interesting with great views.

Tim Jones of the Concord Monitor Newspaper here in New Hampshire writes great articles. One he wrote yesterday was called, "Rail Trails Never Fail". You can check it out here (http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070526/REPOSITORY/705260307&SearchID=7328237279258)

Does anyone know of any good old R/R trails in NH to hike?
I find them fascinating for some reason.


This I also hiked, was just in town. Concord, NH, but still interesting.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a126/chign/Railroad/11-18013.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a126/chign/Railroad/11-18016.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/July%20Hikes/railtrail17003.jpg

Bretton Woods Brat
05-27-2007, 08:33 AM
Nice pics Joey. Did you hike as far as the Evans Station House site? I have heard that the trail below is steep and thick, so thought about just taking the tracks. Always wanted to get up there!!! The History of the family is fascinating to me. ;)

Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 08:43 AM
Nice pics Joey. Did you hike as far as the Evans Station House site? I have heard that the trail below is steep and thick, so thought about just taking the tracks. Always wanted to get up there!!! The History of the family is fascinating to me. ;)

No I didn't. It was a few years back. I forgot which direction I was going in. I just started walking. It followed the side of the mountain most of the way, with a few trestles to walk on. (A bit nervous on those. Ya had to walk on the tracks and ties) But very scenic up north in the Whites. Much better then down here in Concord.

I'll try and find those pictures.

Bretton Woods Brat
05-27-2007, 09:12 AM
Ya, my guess from looking at past pictures... is that you would have to walk the ties. Pretty steep around that area. Have to get the train schedule!!! That would be great if you could find some pictures. Thanks.

Patrad Fischroy
05-27-2007, 03:02 PM
Spyboy has set up a meetup group that likes to bike on the rail trails. There was a post about this a month ago or so. I will try to find the link and reference it. Or most likely Spyboy will see this and repeat the invitation.

Patrad Fischroy
05-27-2007, 03:23 PM
In the meantime, there is one that goes from Lake Massabesic, in Manchester at least out to Raymond, and I think it even gets almost to Portsmouth. I haven;t been on it for about fifteen years or so, but it is very nice.

Also this website is pretty neat, it is a worldwide site that lists the positions in latitude and longitude of many different types of things. This is a link to their rails to trails subgroup.
http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.aspx?f=1&guid=8e207eb1-7db0-4882-afa4-ae71d149ae87&tp=6

If that doesn't work just go to WWW.waymarking.com and search for rails to trails, or search around and find other oddball things.

OK, I found the meetup link as well

http://bike.meetup.com/194/?a=wm1_mem3

Joey Keyz
05-27-2007, 03:53 PM
Spyboy has set up a meetup group that likes to bike on the rail trails.
To be honest with ya....I'm not really into biking that much. Funny thing is that I won a really nice bike last year at a Friendly's Restaurant contest. haha

Does he know of any trails you can hike?

I tried biking a few trails last year and didn't like it. (I'll see if I can dig up the pix) I rather hike it by foot. I thought I'd like it more because I'd be able to cover more mileage on a bike. I don't know......I dig doin' it slower by foot. When I hike or climb, I REALLY take my time and snap pictures, videos and explore everything around me. I'll always be fascinated by the mountains and forests. I guess I can't get that NYC person out of me. Dam.....I've been here for some years already! How long is it gonna take?

Thanks for your help PF

Patrad Fischroy
05-27-2007, 10:08 PM
Sure you can hike those just as well. Bikers should be respectful to those on foot and generally we/they are. Just don't jump too much if you hear the words "on your left" coming from behind you. It is onlt\y to lety you know they are passing. Both of those links were just meant to give you some ideas of where to go.

tkahike
05-28-2007, 01:39 AM
If you get to northern NJ we have two covered by Kittatinny State Park (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html)

They have some beautiful sections.

Joey Keyz
05-28-2007, 03:30 AM
Thanks for the links guys. :D


This was a nice bike path. Just the wrong bike.........I think?????

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/Flume%20Bike%20Hike%206-6-06/6-6-06FlumeBikePath038.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/Flume%20Bike%20Hike%206-6-06/6-6-06FlumeBikePath039.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/Flume%20Bike%20Hike%206-6-06/6-6-06FlumeBikePath008.jpg

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This was along Frankenstein Cliff. I rather hike along something like this, instead of bike on a path.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/Frankenstein%20Cliff%207-20-06/5.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/Frankenstein%20Cliff%207-20-06/4.jpg

Patrad Fischroy
05-28-2007, 08:14 PM
I don't like to be a spoilsport, but hiking on railroad right of way is trespassing. From the looks of the track it appears to be a fairly well used track so it oculd be pretty dangerous as well. I have spent a bit of time working on many railroads and I have seen the remains of a collision between an animal and a train and it was not pretty. As surprizing as it may seem, trains do not make all that much noise when approaching and they cannot stop very easily. That walkway does not provide enough clearance from a passing train. I can not and will not try to tell you what you can not do, but please stay safe and stay away from railroad tracks.

Joey Keyz
05-28-2007, 11:03 PM
I don't like to be a spoilsport, but hiking on railroad right of way is trespassing. From the looks of the track it appears to be a fairly well used track so it oculd be pretty dangerous as well. I have spent a bit of time working on many railroads and I have seen the remains of a collision between an animal and a train and it was not pretty. As surprizing as it may seem, trains do not make all that much noise when approaching and they cannot stop very easily. That walkway does not provide enough clearance from a passing train. I can not and will not try to tell you what you can not do, but please stay safe and stay away from railroad tracks.

I hear ya, and thanks for your concern.

I really don't do it that much to make it a problem. I'll stick to the mountain trails from now on.

alit1
05-30-2007, 11:53 AM
Does anybody here get into exploring old railroad tracks? It seems that most of them are usually used for biking. I did hike on the tracks once over by Willard Mountain once. I didn't go too far because I really was going to the top of Willard. But the distance I did go (about 1/2 mile) was pretty interesting with great views.

Does anyone know of any good old R/R trails in NH to hike?
I find them fascinating for some reason.



I passed by the White Mountain Rail Trail that heads West out of Gorham, NH - it parallels Route 2 and seems like an interesting hike...