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The next Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail meeting will be Tuesday June 28th, 7:00 pm at the Parks & Rec Center on Mast Road (map).
Summer starts (officially) on June 20th at 6:34 PM on the Goffstown Rail Trail. We will enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year on this day. After this date, the days start getting shorter. We are reminded that trail usage is not permitted from dusk to dawn.
This month "Walking with Awareness" is a new community event on the Trail, every Monday evening 6:30PM - 7:00PM and every Wednesday morning 8:15AM – 8:45AM. (Download a flyer or find details here. Organized by MaryAnne Baines, a volunteer from Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department, the walk is a slow, but steady paced 30-minute adventure, which covers approximately 1.5 miles of the rail trail. Silence is observed for the first 15 minutes of the walk to enjoy nature, quiet the mind and reconnect with the body. The return walk includes light discussion and sharing of positive experiences. Contact MaryAnne by email at email@example.com, or on Facebook.
New crossing signals are now operational! Part of the 2010 Transportation Enhancement (TE) project, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) now make the two Mast Road crossings safer, and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) improves trail crossing visibility at Henry Bridge Road. Please be alert as you drive through these areas, and while using the crossings, take extra care as drivers get become familiar with their operation. See our TE project page for more project information. Our Frequently Asked Questions and Parking pages have been updated to reflect changes due to this project.
The Manchester bridge over the Piscataquog River is now open! With this connection, you can now ride or walk all the way from Goffstown into downtown Manchester.
For your reading pleasure, the Fall 2015 FGRT Newsletter is available here.
A Goffstown Rail Trail video is now available that provides some brief history and trail feature descriptions. Watch it here.
Many thanks to all of the volunteers who worked on our recent Ski, Skate & Board Sale, and to those who shopped with us. You made the sale a success! Congratulations to our prize winners. Thanks also to our new equipment vendor and our prize donors:
Have you been out on the trail and seen a tree down, trail damage, or some other issue? Submit a Trail Report . We also welcome your photos along the trail, and occasionally post them to this site.
May 21st, 2016: FGRT volunteer Sarah waits at a water station for approaching runners during the TI 10 mile/10k event on the rail trail. This race raised funds for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Some trail users have been parking cars on the grass next to the rail trail at Henry Bridge Road. Please be aware that the law requires 200 feet of clear visibility of the pedestrian crossing from either side of the rail trail. There are over 60 public parking spaces to the east at the Hillsborough County Administration Complex. Access to the rail trail (and a new information kiosk) is located at the rear of this parking lot.
Final adjustments and testing of a PHB crossing of Mast Road, part of the TE Grant Project.
You can donate to support this effort here.
The Friends of The Goffstown Rail Trail is an organization of energetic, dedicated citizens volunteering to participate in the promotion, design, development, and maintenance of this resource. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this project.