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(from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
The Heritage Trail is managed by the state of New Hampshire to provide access to recreational and historical attractions across the state. Eventually, the north-south route along the former Boston and Maine Railroad corridor will stretch more than 200 miles from Massachusetts to Canada, following the Merrimack, Pemigewasset, and Connecticut Rivers.
In Manchester, the rail-trail is open in these segments:
A 0.3-mile paved segment known as the Riverwalk offers lovely views of the Merrimack and runs through the Amoskeag Millyard District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it was the site of the one of the world’s largest textile manufacturing companies between 1831 and 1936. The promenade begins near Notre Dame Bridge, travels through Arms Park, and ends at Waumbec Mill (a historical and attractive brick building that houses commercial offices).
Farther south, a 0.6-mile section in downtown Manchester begins at the baseball stadium for New Hampshire’s Fisher Cats and ends at Sundial Avenue. In Merrimack River Park, you can cross the waterway on a pedestrian bridge along the Piscataquog Trail, which parallels its namesake river for 2 miles.
Parking and Trail Access
Ample parking is available in Arms Park (between Commercial Street and the Merrimack River).