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Ashuelot Rail Trail

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Ashuelot Rail Trail

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Lovin' Life wrote a review Aug 2020
Boston, Massachusetts308 contributions95 helpful votes
We enjoy bike riding on this trail. We usually begin just south of Keene, near one of many covered bridges in Swanzey. The trail is level for most of the way and fairly smooth riding. There are some light trafficked roads to cross over along the way. There is a lovely bridge that passes over the Ashuelot River, and then you pass some homes on either side, before nature is predominant. When you arrive near the power lines, the trail narrows and is a bit rocky. It can be jarring passing through this section. We haven't gone beyond where the trail crosses near Route 10. Usually the trail is not crowded, so it's a pleasant ride.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Henry wrote a review Aug 2020
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On our hybrid bikes, my wife and I rode the trail from its intersection with Route 119 in Winchester to downtown Keene. We seek out rail trails in all of the New England states and can honestly say that the section of this trail from Route 119 to West Swanzey is the worst trail we've ever ridden. Maintenence is nearly non-existent. Much of the trail consists of a single, narrow, bumpy, sand-strewn track traversing largely unattractive surroundings. We had to dismount numerous time due to the loose sand and gravel, as well as to cross the Ashuelot River on a decrepit bridge with unsafe guardrails, broken decking and protruding nails. Wayfinding signs are non-existent, and we inadvertently strayed from the trail a couple of times. The section of trail from Route 119 in Winchester to West Swanzey is a disgraceful excuse for a rail trail. We highly recommend skipping it. We rode along Route 10, despite its heavy traffic, as an alternative to the trail on the return, southward trip. From West Swanzey to Keene, the trail is very nice, although the state of NH evidently does not believe in the necessity of providing crosswalks at road intersections. Unlike trails in MA, RI, and CT, almost no motorists yielded to us at these unsafe, unmarked intersections.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Bden99 wrote a review Jun 2020
Manchester, New Hampshire1,074 contributions137 helpful votes
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We started our ride from the athletic fields in Keene on Krif Rd and headed southwest. The first several miles of trail make for easy riding, as the trail is well packed and the grades are easy. The trail eventually narrows and the surface changes often. There are a couple muddy stretches, a few short sandy areas, and some bumpy riding. We rode to the Monadnock Speedway then returned to Keene. I would recommend a mountain bike or possibly a hybrid.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Jeepen31 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hillsborough, New Hampshire35 contributions8 helpful votes
Really enjoyed this rail trail ride. Well taken care of and was not crowded, lots to look at. Will go again.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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413lee wrote a review Mar 2020
Keene, New Hampshire8 contributions2 helpful votes
Loved bike riding it. I understand some is now paved. One of the many great trails in the Keene and Cheshire County area.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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