Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail

More maps, including printable ones, are available  here.

More maps, including printable ones, are available here.

You are invited to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail meetings on the Fourth Tuesday each month, 7:00 pm (January - November) at the Parks & Rec Center on Mast Road (Google map link).

News and Events

PRO Landscape Supply to Shell Station

In July 2019 work commenced on the NH Recreational Trails Program (RTP) 19-021 awarded to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail to improve 2,255 feet of the trail between PRO Landscaping Supply and the Shell gas station. This includes the restoration of the trail along the original Goffstown and Manchester Railroad Inc. bed conceived by Capt. Peter E. Hadley in 1846. This section was temporarily diverted to follow the narrow electric street car line during the installation of a sewer water main. A 2019 award of $45,300 from the NH Bureau of Trails includes $9,100 of cash and labor from the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail to satisfy a 20% match requirement. The project involves tree and root removal, culvert restoration, grass seed planting, fence installation and tree planting and nit-pack gravel compacting on 2,255 feet of the Goffstown Rail Trail. This 2-section construction project (when completed) will result in 64% of the 5.5 mile trail being improved to meet town specifications.

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East Union Street to Shirley Park

The 2018 - New Hampshire Recreational Trail Program (RTP) Grant 18 – 25 (East Union St. to Shirley Park) project has been completed. The 1,800 feet of trail has now been improved to meet town specifications and an additional 17 feet of split rail fence have been added by volunteers. Funds from the RTP award, FGRT donations (including those from the Manchester Marathon Association), membership fees and donations from trail users were used to complete this project.

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Check out the Trail Information Kiosk that is fully operational at the Mast Road Parking Area. It was constructed by two Girl Scouts, Victoria and Jillian from Goffstown Troop 20841, as their Silver Award Project.

Built to meet the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail specifications; the Girl Scouts created a comprehensive business plan that included the funding, purchase of material, construction and final on-site assembly. First, the plan was presented for review and endorsement by the Goffstown Parks and Recreation Commission, after which the donation of the kiosk as an improvement to town property was approved by the Board of Selectman.

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It's that time of year to renew your membership or join the 2018 Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail. In 2016 funds went to the upgrading of the trail surface at the Manchester / Goffstown line, the improvement of the trail with compact gravel under the power lines near the intersection of Greer Road and Route 114 and much, much more. Please go to our membership page.

Our Volunteer Work Crew installed a new fence at the trail parking area near the Goffstown Junior Baseball fields. Membership funds and generous donations from Hannaford Supermarkets and the Manchester Marathon Association contributed to the purchase of this split rail fence that now clearly marks the entrance to the parking area (especially after snowstorms!)

Our Volunteer Work Crew installed a new fence at the trail parking area near the Goffstown Junior Baseball fields. Membership funds and generous donations from Hannaford Supermarkets and the Manchester Marathon Association contributed to the purchase of this split rail fence that now clearly marks the entrance to the parking area (especially after snowstorms!)

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Thank you for your care and caution during the reshaping and compacting of the trail on the Goffstown Rail Trail near the end of the Piscataquog Trail. The next step will be to add the 'nitpack' gravel to meet the town trail specifications.

Thank you for your care and caution during the reshaping and compacting of the trail on the Goffstown Rail Trail near the end of the Piscataquog Trail. The next step will be to add the 'nitpack' gravel to meet the town trail specifications.

A Goffstown Rail Trail video is now available that provides some brief history and trail feature descriptions. Watch it here.

Have you been out on the trail and seen a tree down, trail damage, or some other issue? Submit a Trail Report via email or this form.

The Goffstown Board of Selectmen have accepted the donation of material and labor from the Friends of Goffstown Rail Trail. Our Volunteer Work Crew has been replacing the soft sand on the trail under the power lines near Route 114 and the intersection of Greer Road. A 4 ft. wide path of hard nitpack gravel has been installed to enable easy passage of bicycles and pedestrians.      Shop at Amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail. Check out    smile.amazon.com  for   more information

The Goffstown Board of Selectmen have accepted the donation of material and labor from the Friends of Goffstown Rail Trail. Our Volunteer Work Crew has been replacing the soft sand on the trail under the power lines near Route 114 and the intersection of Greer Road. A 4 ft. wide path of hard nitpack gravel has been installed to enable easy passage of bicycles and pedestrians.

 

Shop at Amazon.com and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail. Check out smile.amazon.com for more information