Route: Nashua River Rail Trail (MA, NH)

Submitted by Iain Ridgway on Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:33am
Massachusetts, US
24.6 mi
Vertical Gain
250 ft

The Nashua River Rail Trail is a 12.3-mile paved mixed-use rail trail in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire under control of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). It roughly follows the course of the Nashua River, passing through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable, Massachusetts and ends about a mile across the New Hampshire state border in Nashua, New Hampshire. The trail is used by walkers, cyclists, inline skaters, equestrians, and cross-country skiers. 

Parking is available at the Ayer center parking lot, on Groton St, in Ayer. There is also parking at the Nashua end of the trail. The route has gentle inclines but few noticeable gradients.

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Along with Jonathan Richards, I will be looking to establish the one-way record Saturday morning, August 28th.

Assuming I manage to get out there before 8am tomorrow and beat the heat, I'll attempt both the one way and Out & Back FKTs, unsupported.

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I will be heading out to take on the trail both ways supported in the next couple of days with my kiddos as bike support crew. 😊