map of rail trails in and around Keene, New Hampshire

Keene has four intersecting trails all connecting in the center of Keene, including the Cheshire Rail Trail, the Ashuelot Rail Trail, the Jonathan Daniels Trail and the Appel Way Trail. The Cheshire Rail Trail (green in the above map) is broken into four segments as it travels east-west through Keene: the Cheshire Rail Trail South, Keene Industrial Heritage Trail, Downtown Cheshire Trail and Cheshire Rail Trail. Additionally, the Ami Brown Trail connects to the Cheshire Rail Trail west of Keene.

Ashuelot Rail Trail

bicyclists approach the south bridge over Route 101 i
South Bridge on the Ashuelot Rail Trail

The Ashuelot Rail Trail heads south from Keene toward Swanzey (yellow in the above map). The Ashuelot Rail Trail features 1.5 miles of packed stone dust and paved surfaces that begin at Emerald Street. It features the South Bridge, whose steel frame and concrete surface provide a safe crossing over Route 101, and the Ashuelot River/KSC Bridge, a railroad trestle bridge with a wooden deck surface near the campus of Keene State College and the South Bridge.

Cheshire Rail Trail North

cyclists ride along the Cheshire Rail Trail North, a path that is packed dirt with many trees
Cheshire Rail Trail North

The Cheshire Rail Trail North is a 7-mile pathway of packed stone dust and paved surfaces that goes from Main Street west and north to the city limits. It features the steel and wooden North Bridge that permits safe crossing over Routes 9, 10 and 12.

Industrial Heritage Trail & Cheshire Rail Trail South

two cyclists approach a curve on a paved trail that features trees and a bench
Industrial Heritage Trail

The Industrial Heritage Trail and Cheshire Rail Trail South feature a mile-long packed surface that connects Main Street to Eastern Avenue.

We are currently fundraising for improvements to the Transportation Heritage Trail, which will extend from Eastern Avenue to Route 101.

Cheshire Rail Trail Downtown

The Downtown Cheshire Rail Trail is approximately a third of a mile of paved surface and concrete from Main Street to the School/Gilbo intersection to Thom Little Way. It features the Ashuelot River Bridge, which has a steel frame and wooden deck surface and crosses the Ashuelot River between Island and Pearl streets.

a flower garden sits along the downtown Cheshire Rail Trail, which features a paved surface
Downtown Cheshire Rail Trail

Thom Little Way/Downtown Cheshire Rail Trail is a half-mile of concrete surface that runs along Emerald Street to School Street to Island Street.

Jonathan Daniels Trail

the Johnathon Daniels Trail has a hard-packed stone surface that winds through trees
Jonathan Daniels Trail

The Jonathan Daniels Trail in Ashuelot River Park offers three-quarters of a mile of packed stone dust from West Street to Appel Way paralleling the Ashuelot River.

Upcoming: Transportation Heritage Trail