Groups celebrate National Trails Day on Northern Rail Trail and plan more summer celebrations
On National Trails Day, June 4, the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in both Grafton and Merrimack Counties and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance got in motion to celebrate the Northern Rail Trail. They organized a series of bike rides ranging from 8 to 28 miles along the 46 mile completed length of the Northern Rail Trail between Lebanon and West Franklin in New Hampshire.
Steve Rayno of Franklin biked from Franklin to Ice House Lane; Tom Frantz of Andover led a group from Potter Place to Webster Lake and were greeted and accompanied by a snapping turtle; Mike Loomis of Newbury biked with his wife and daughter to Blackwater Park; Alex Bernhard led a group of six from Potter Place to Danbury, where they enjoyed the new benches at the Danbury General Store; Lindy and Craig Heim of Wilmot covered two directions, from Eagle Pond Road to Potter Place and to Danbury Center. John Taylor of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance went from Canaan to Danbury; Ken Warren of the Grafton Friends biked from Enfield to Canaan, and Grafton Friend Amelia Sereen, went from Lebanon to Enfield.
Some from as far away as Vermont and as close as Meredith and Manchester, N.H., rode under bright sun and blue sky. Even the weather celebrated the Rail Trail Saturday!
Andover Elementary and Middle School students enjoyed the rail trail for a
two hour mountain biking session in late May
and used the trail to access a variety of terrain to ride and learn
mountain biking basic skills. Students from ages 8 to 13
had fun on the trail. A highlight was stopping to look at four painted
turtles sunning on a log in a wetlands just north of the Blackwater River.