Bike the Presidential Rail Trail

  • August 17, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Presidential Recreational Rail Trail - is a wondrous gravel grind that starts here in Gorham, and ends at the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.  It is 18 miles each way, though there are multiple parking areas along the way to make the ride as long or as short as you desire. You will pass by the old Madison Spring Water Company ruins as you come through the town of Randolph. Riding past the Northern Presidential Mountains you will cross multiple trail heads pointed towards the alpine zone as you parallel US Route 2. From Gorham, it is a gentle, but continuous grade that only a rail trail could offer. Just think of the nice gentle ride that you will have on the way home.  This trail is generally a pretty fine crushed stone, but has a couple of short sections with chunkier gravel.  It is ideal for bike path/comfort bikes, mountain bikes, and touring bikes with beefy tires.  There aren't a lot of amenities (if any)  along the way, so plan accordingly for snacks and water.

Lets meet at the parking area on Rt.2 in Gorham just past Jimtown Rd / Moose Brook State Park entrance.  Some of us are camping at the Moose Brook State Park 8/16 to 8/18 which I will post as a separate meetup on 8/16, researching the camping arrangements at the moment.

We may bike the entire distance out & back which will make it a 36 mile trip but we will see how everyone feels about having a long ride.

Gear Requirements:Hybrid or Mountain bike, Helmet, spare tire. Please bring water, snack if you want, sun screen, sun glasses & bug spray you may need it.

***Bike Rental option - If you choose to rent - please make your own arrangements and be at the parking lot for 10am promptly so we can ride without delays - thanks so much

If you need to rent a Bike try - Web:

Porky Gulch Bike Shop -[masked] at 212 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03551

Your safety and the safety of the group is the most important thing, so come prepared so you don’t put yourself or others at risk. Bring your own gear and know how to use it.

As a condition of attending this activity you agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, and/or death, including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. You also agree to assume all risk associated with this activity and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at The leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.


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  • paula p

    Great day for a ride on the rail trail.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to thank Everyone for joining us & hope you had a Fabulous time. Special thanks for Diane for finding this trail & recommending it & all her help with the details and the transports at the end. Thanks to Rene & Paula for their assistance as lead and sweep, greatly appreciated the help. Please check out all the pictures & load up your own. We hope to make this an Annual event for all to enjoy. :)

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone emailed me off grid asking about distance and turning around. I thought that was a valid question that everyone should hear the response on. Yes I realize we have different ability levels or the desire for a less aggressive bike ride and I respect that. I was going to leave this decision to your own discretion. Some of us may continue on the trail, while other may relax by the water for a while or until we return. I only ask that you let me know, so that everyone is accounted for and we dont lose anyone. It is an easy trail and as long as you stay on this trail you wont get lost. I would like everyone to enjoy themselves at their own ability level. Then hopefully meet us at the end at the Restaurant for drinks and food :) As always my wish is for everyone to have fun - my cell is[masked]

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to go on the Nashua River Rail Trail this evening if possible. Is that possible?

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone, I biked the trail this past Sat. 8/10, just beautiful with a cool breeze. Took some pictures & added to the Event Description above. Scoped out places to stop for picnic & a dip in the stream. Yes bring your swimsuit, might event want to wear it that day. Pack yourself a picnic lunch or snacks to share. Bring plenty of water, there are NO PLACES to stop for supplies, no facilities, no ice creams.. however - Absolutely beautiful views & peaceful woods & open fields, beaver ponds, wild flowers & sharing it all with friends. I also scoped a restaurant in Gorham, that we can stop for beverage & food after the ride. I am estimating the "sandy beach lunch spot" I found is approx 10 miles out, so it would be about 20 mile round trip. This is "all flat" terrain with packed dirt and gravel in places, relatively easy riding but you will need a Hybrid or Mtn bike. Cant wait to ride this again - See you on Saturday :)

    August 13, 2013

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