Our family are not big bike riders. For my daughters birthday she asked for a mountain bike. She has been riding around our house and the school parking lot, but has been asking to go on a family bike ride. Last weekend my husband and I dusted off our bikes and wanted to hit up a local trail, unknown how far she could actually go. We have walked the Jaffrey Rindge Rail Trail a few times mostly when our daughter was still in a stroller. Since this was close by and we know the trail we thought we would see how our daughter did on longer distance rides.
The trail starts in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. We parked in a small parking lot behind Jaffrey Pizza Barn on Blake Street in Jaffrey. The trail is 7.5 miles one way to Winchendon, MA, a total of 15 miles if you do a roundtrip ride. There are various parking lots along the way if you do not want to park in Jaffrey. I like this trail because it is flat, well maintained and has some pretty views. If you are walking, I did see some benches along the way if you want to stop and take a break. I also saw some walking trails that veered of the bike path, I’m not sure if they go to peoples homes or other lookout areas.
We did a seven mile roundtrip ride for our first longer distance ride, which I felt was pretty good. We saw other people running, walking and bike riding so I suspect it can be a busy trail.
If you and your family live or are visiting the Monadnock Region and have your bikes, make sure you check out this trail. I know we will be back.