This extensive trail features lots of beautiful scenery, like covered bridges, historic mill towns, and abundant wildlife. Unfortunately, it also features sandy, muddy, and even flooded trail sections after heavy rains, so bicyclists take note. The Ashuelot Railroad, operated from 1851 to 1983, fostering the development of textile mills, wooden box factories, and leather tanneries in the region. Watch for the original granite mile markers, which pop up periodically along the trail.
Trailhead & Parking: Off of Emerald Street in Keene; off of NH Route 63 (Northfield Road) in Hinsdale. Consult trail map.
Covered Bridge Tour of Swanzey and West Swanzey
Routes 32 and 10, and Eaton RoadSwanzey and West Swanzey, NHPhone:
An easy and beautiful recreational bike ride is the loop that travels between Swanzey and West Swanzey, touching or passing very close to the five covered bridges that cross the Ashuelot River and its tributaries. Consult the map and you will see that routes 10 and 32 are some parallel and they serve as bookends for the ride with Eaton Road and a convenient cross-over. Following these roads will take you close to the Carleton, Sawyers, West Swanzey, Slate and Coombs covered bridges. Glorious! Take a picnic