Winnipesaukee River Trail   

Tilton to Franklin

This five-mile pedestrian/biking trail links Tilton, Northfield and Franklin along the Winnipesaukee River. The trail affords views of the Winnipesaukee River, including a spectacular view of a gorge frequently used for whitewater kayaking. The area contains many historic and cultural sites, including an old railroad trestle, the Sulphite Bridge (an upside-down railroad bridge on the National Register of Historic Sites), and remains of old paper mills. The trail is maintained by the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association.

Viewing Information

Bike or walk this trail to explore a variety of rich riparian habitat including cattail wetlands, a beaver pond and tumbling water.  Look for evidence of beaver activity, as well as raccoon, mink and otter.  The river provides a variety of summer homes for belted kingfishers, tree swallows, bank swallows, song sparrows, gray catbirds, common yellowthroats, red-eyed vireos and many more. A variety of waterfowl including mergansers, wood ducks and mallards may also be seen.  Keep your eyes out for the occasional bald eagle or osprey.

Directions

GPS –

Trail  Access at Route 140 in Tilton N 43.453480  W 71.567794 
Trail Access @ Northfield N 43o 26.483’  W 070 o 35.669’                     
Access on Crossmill Road N 43o 26.538’  W 071 o 37.293’     
Trestle View Park in Franklin N 43o 26.718’ W 071 o 37.293’

The trail currently begins at Trestle View Park on Central Street in Franklin and runs to Route 140 in Tilton. The are trail access sites along the trail, including in Northfield and at Cross Mills Road in Franklin.

Contact Us

Winnipesaukee River Trail Association

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