Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hop River State Rail Trail

Date: Sept. 27, 2015
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Hop River State Rail Trail
Town: Manchester-Coventry
Trail Conditions: Good

Observations/Information: I led a group of 10 people along nearly the entire trail from Colonial Road in Manchester to Kings Road in Coventry. I have not ridden the eastern section of the trail in a few years and I was pleased to see the improvements. Previously the stone dust surface ended at Burnap Brook Road, leaving a bumpy ride the rest of the way on the trail. Now the stone dust extends almost to Hop River Road in Coventry (ending at the wooden bridge over the Hop River). The last three miles were rough with many loose stone and a bouncy ride, even on a mountain bike. Some of us avoided the rough section by riding back on Rts. 66 and 6 to Hop River Road. These roads mostly have a wide shoulder, but lots of cars whizzing by. The stone dust in Vernon and Andover looked fairly fresh. Watch out for a sandpit near the gate by Wales Road and another crossing.

Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Hop River Rail Trail
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 5
Approximate Distance (Miles): 40
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