- Start in Derry or Salem and ride to the Grind Rail Trail Cafe which has locations next to the trail in both towns. A round trip of approximately 16 miles.
- Follow the on road connector from Concord to Goffstown for coffee at Apotheca or coffee + cupcakes at the Blue Moose.
- Start in Derry ride to Salem and eat outside on the patio of the Tuscan Kitchen
- Start in Lebanon or Andover and ride to Danbury for lunch at the General Store
Catch a Fischer Cats game in Manchester. The stadium is located next to the trail.
Boscawen to Andover and back 38 miles. Park at the Boscawen Park and Ride. Take the paved path down from the parking lot to the Trail Kiosk. Walk to the left if you want to visit the Hannah Dustin Memorial. A right will take you to the start of the trail just off River Road. You'll ride mostly "uphill" at a railroad grade to Andover. There's no food service or store at Hightland Lake so this is a great ride for a picnic. Choose either a picnic table right along the trail by the fire department or hop off the trail and onto Channel Road to Chaffee Park Beach for a picnic table with a view of the lake. If you need water stop by Highland Lake Inn to refill for your return trip. It's downhill on the way back!
Ideas for Overnights
7 miles a day. Start at the northernmost trail head in Lebanon, NH. Head south to Mascoma Lake and the Enfield Shaker Museum where you can book a room in the Great Stone House. Add miles by exploring the trail along the lake.
15 Miles per Day. Start at the Boscawen Park and Ride. Head north up the trail to Webster Lake. Overnight at Aiken Manor
30 miles per day. Andover lies approximately in the middle of the trail. You can do and out and back from either Lebanon or Concord to a B&B in the Andover area. The Highland Lake Inn is about 34 miles from Lebanon. The Highland Lake Inn has served as a welcome center for the trail for years and will gladly refill your water bottles if you find them empty while riding this stretch of the trail.
60 miles each day. The longest stretch of the trail runs 60 +/- miles between Lebanon and Concord. If you're after miles, you can ride from one town, spend the night in the second and ride back to the start the next day. Check the Maps page for the RidewithGPS route to get from the Boscawen Trail Head and the State Capitol in Concord.