Presidential Rail Trail

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Presidential Rail Trail

The Presidential Rail Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Whitefield to the Rt. 2 parking area in Gorham, New Hampshire. Running along the edge of the White Mountain National Forest, and at the base of the Presidential Range, the four-season rail trail is approximately 19 miles of stunning mountain scenery, with rideable surfaces ranging from packed/loose gravel to dirt to grass. The great part is you can explore a small section, or the whole trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can expect a gradual climb from Gorham to Pondicherry (sometimes a bit bumpy) as a bike ride / walk / hike / snowmobile ride / horseback ride and more with spectacular views, abundant wildflowers in the summertime, and incredible fall foliage during the autumn months. Exploration is welcome year-round, and the trail is open to cyclists, horseback riders, walkers, mushers, XC skiers, snowshoers, and gentle-speed snow machining.

Location & Parking

Gorham, NH 03581
Parking Details
Parking is available at the Presidential Rail Trail Parking, Route 2 Parking Area, Gorham NH. Day use only, no fee, no overnight parking.

Managing Organization

Managing Organization
Friends of the Presidential Rail Trail, NH Bureau of Trails, NH State Parks, Presidential Range Riders, Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail


Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall
Pet Friendly