What is the Concord – Lake Sunapee Rail Trail?

At present, the Concord – Lake Sunapee Rail Trail is a plan to build a scenic, family-friendly bike and walking trail that connects the communities along the historic Concord & Claremont Railroad line, from Concord NH to the southern tip of Lake Sunapee.

Where is this trail located?

Read about some highlights and view maps.

What’s being done to build the trail?

In each town, teams are working to establish kickoff sections of the trail. Local teams have active projects in Concord, Hopkinton, Warner, Bradford, and Newbury.

I am really excited about this project – how can I help?

We have many opportunities for people to help move the project forward. If you have talent, time, or equipment you can lend to the effort, we would love to hear from you! Sign up for updates or send us an email and tell us what your interests are. We will get in touch with you to coordinate.

Can I make a monetary donation? Is it tax-deductible?

We welcome and appreciate any and all donations. You can make a tax deductible donation to the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail in several ways:

    1. Send a check to Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail, PO Box 610, Warner, NH 03278.
    2. Pay online here via Credit Card or Paypal. Online payments are processed through our 501c3 associate Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire, but are directly allocated to the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail.

    3. Send us an email with questions and we can help make your donation happen.

Donations of $100 or more earn a limited edition rail trail baseball cap as a thank you gift.

Who can use the trail? Is it open to snowmobiles and ATVs?

The overall vision is a family-friendly trail limited to quiet use, biking and walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Some sections of the trail are already in use by the snowmobile clubs. The trail team will work with the snowmobile clubs to properly designate areas where snowmobiles are already allowed on the trail. Since many sections of  this trail are on private property, we will respect the wishes of the landowners as to the types of traffic allowed on their sections of the trail. ATVs will not be allowed on this portion of the rail trail. There is a separate section of the old Concord and Claremont Railroad line called the Sugar River Recreation Trail, which is open to ATVs in Claremont and Newport.