Scenic Railriders, Concord

My youngest daughter had suggested we check out the Scenic Railriders as a family adventure so it made it to the list as a late Fall destination. Unbeknownst to us, the day we went was actually the last day of their season.

If you’re not sure what the Scenic Railriders is all about, I suggest you go to their website for the best explanation. Check out the Scenic RailRiders video below for a tast of what our outing was like!

They are already booking into 2023 and based on our experience, you might want to take advantage of an early booking! It really was a fun way to top off the pretty fall season in New Hampshire. I hope the video below and the post entice you to add it to your bucket list of things to do in New Hampshire.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

 

Pre Launch Information

Before launching into our adventure, we received a brief rundown of how the RailRiders work, how to keep safe, the sites along the way, and the layout of the route. On average, the entire experience last approximately 2 hours.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

We had a party of six with a two-seater and a four-seater that we opted to have linked together.

The 6.4-mile round-trip takes you through beautiful pastureland, and forest, hugs along the Merrimack River, takes you over the river through an old train trestle bridge, and past a local farm full of cows that cheer you along your journey.

The Southern Leg

The first leg takes you 2.4 miles round trip and provides wooded views and parallels along the Merrimack River. The rail was built in 1846. It isn’t hard to imagine the countless trains that clacked, whistled, and puffed their way across these rails over the years. It is great to see these historical routes repurposed into rail trails and adventures like Scenic Railriders.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

At the end of the 1.2-mile trip, you exit the RailRiders and get a chance to stretch your legs and explore the Merrimack River while staff reverses the direction.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

The Northern Leg

As you pedal your way back past the starting point, you cross the road to begin the longer 4-mile round trip portion of the ride. Staff makes the crossing quick and safe.

The tires are pretty quiet on the tracks, and the clickity-clack of your pedaling adds a rhythmic fun to the ride.  I tried different angles in the video to capture the noises and views along the way. 

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

You will pass by Morrill Dairy Farm and cows that cheer you along the way! The pasture land is beautiful as well.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Just before getting to the turnstile, you cross over the Merrimack on a train trestle bridge.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Second Turnaround

At the second turnstile, you can learn about the network of rail trails or stretch your legs for a short walk to the Hannah Duston memorial statue. The park is actually an island in the middle of the Merrimack.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

Return trip

The return trip seemed like the prettiest in my opinion. The sun was beginning to fade behind us and the light seemed softer for pictures and video. The foliage had peaked 3-4 weeks at that point, but the colors still were pretty and it seemed like a perfect way to bid fall goodbye and embrace winter just around the corner.

Scenic RailRiders, Concord

 

This adventure really was a fun way to explore the countryside of the Merrimack Valley Region. It has been amazing exploring and posting adventures across the state and I look forward to building the Merrimack Valley Region page with more stories.

As I mentioned at the start, you might want to consider booking your own Scenic RailRider trip early for next year, the parking lot was full when we arrived!

Check out my post on Downtown Concord. There are plenty of shops and restaurants as well as historical sites and of course, it is the heart of the New Hampshire government.

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Until the next post: “Live Free and Explore!”

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