Everyone’s invited to the free Rail Trail Celebration this Saturday, June 20 from 10am – 1pm! There will be music, food & fun for all ages, to celebrate the grand opeing of Phase 2 of the Rail Trail. Hot dogs provided by Londonderry Trailways, drinks provided by Coca Cola, and to top it off frozen yogurt provided by Stonyfield! There will also be a few interactive actives offered like a ”Points of Interest” search game, Segway rides and even yoga on the trail. Everything is free and the weather is expected to be beautiful, come join the fun.
The main meeting spot for activities on the trail will be at the Exit 5 Park & Ride facility where there is plenty of free parking in the long term and overflow parking lots. You can also park at North Elementary School on Sanborn Rd and walk/ride the 1 mile to the Exit 5 area.
Londonderry’s paved/competed Rail Trail now runs from North Elementary School, past the Exit 5 Park & Ride, under 93, past Poor Boys Restaurant to Liberty Drive!
Where can I park: North Elementary School, 19 Sanborn Rd, Londonderry, or Exit 5 Park & Ride, 4 Symmes Drive, Londonderry
How long is it: the paved/completed section is now 1.75 miles one way from North School to Liberty Drive, and 3.5 miles round trip.
Is it a loop: no it follows the old rail road corridor, it is an out and back straight stretch.
Can I go beyond the paved section: yes with the right gear – Phase 3 continues East beyond Liberty Drive towards Derry for another 1.5 miles. It is packed dirt and travelable with good walking/hiking shoes or a hybrid/mountain bike. You can not roller blade or road bike this Phase 3 section. Travel further East on the rail corridor beyond Rt 28 in the Seasons Lane area is not recommended, it is very rough and not maintained at this point.
What can I do to help: Fundraising for Phase 3 has now begun! 1) make a donation to support Phase 3 online or mail a check, 2) if you have employee matching gift at your company, utilize that to double your gift. 3) If you have a relationship with a local business, talk to them about supporting the rail trail.
Thanks for your support!!!