Merrimack Valley Massachusetts

Nashua River Rail Trail

The Nashua River Rail Trail is a former railroad right of way that travels 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail offers a 10-foot wide paved surface for the entire length, and a five-foot wide gravel equestrian path for seven miles of the trail from Groton Center to the New Hampshire border in Dunstable. The entire trail is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, inline skaters, wheelchairs, and cross-country skiers.

Overview of Nashua River Rail Trail
Explore the great outdoors along this 11 mile bike trail. During the fall months, enjoy the bright colors as the leaves change. Don’t want to bike? The trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding.
Hours for Nashua River Rail Trail
Sunrise to sunset

Parking at Nashua River Rail Trail
Parking areas for access to the trail are located in Ayer, Groton, and Dunstable:

Ayer Center parking lot (60 paved spaces)
Take Rte. 2 east or west to exit 38B, then follow Route 111 north to Ayer Rotary. Go halfway around rotary to Rte. 2A. On Rte. 2A turn right after Ayer Center, take first right on Groton Street to trail parking lot on the right.

Groton Center parking (Court Street 10-15 spaces)
Take I-495 north or south to exit 31, then Rte. 119 west approximately seven miles to Groton Center. Take left at Station Ave. to the on-street parking area beside the trail.

Groton Sand Hill Road parking (10-15 gravel spaces)
Take I-495 north or south to exit 31, then Rte. 119 west approximately ten miles. Take a right on Nod Road and right on Sand Hill Road. Follow Sand Hill Road to parking area on the right after crossing rail trail.
Dunstable state line parking (10 gravel spaces)

Take Rte. 3 to Exit 35, then Rte. 113 west beyond Dunstable Center. Take right on Hollis Street to New Hampshire state line. Parking is on the left.

Activities at Nashua River Rail Trail

Ride along a former railway and enjoy scenic overviews and wildlife.

Facilities at Nashua River Rail Trail

Scenic viewing area

Services at Nashua River Rail Trail

Cross-country skiing
Horseback riding
Inline skating

Accessibility at Nashua River Rail Trail

Accessible bike path

Restrictions at Nashua River Rail Trail

No alcohol
No littering

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