An old railroad bed that runs from Towsend, MA to Wilton, NH through the town of Mason, NH. A flat, steady grade makes this trail great for trail running, mntn biking, snowshoeing, XC skiing and hiking for beginners or for athletes in training.
For geology buffs, there are several old quarries along the route and even some petroglyphs if you look carefully enough. I'll let you find them yourself - have fun searching! Also check out the culverts you'll pass over. Some are original stone work and quite nice craftsmanship.
The old Mason Quarry produced granite monuments that were shipped by rail to Boston, New York and California. The site has building foundations and remnants of stone crafting scattered about.
You'll go through part of the 800 acre Russell-Abbott State Forest and pass Pratt Pond which is a nice quiet canoe/kayak spot.
The rail trail intersects with:
Pratt Pond Road
Most of these intersections have room for just a couple cars. Best to get a detailed map of the area as these are all back roads and not great signage to mark the way.
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Posted By: boarstone
- Sun Feb 19 00:15:56 UTC 2012
UpsideLook for the "rock dump piles" for quarries. Regardless of type of quarry here or anywhere. DownsideLong walk, short bike ride CommentGreat x-country ski trail, bike trail, overnight hike/camp trip. Coyotes evident, deer, hawks, partridge. Watch edges of rail-trail path for nice quartz stones.