The Trail Experience
As you walk or bike the Derry Rail Trail, you may notice a heron in the wetlands, or a duck or beaver making ripples on the water. A turtle might share your path. Start from the Derry end and you’ll pass over the area known as Lover’s Leap, depicted in many vintage postcards.
In the spring, summer and fall, you can bike or walk under a canopy of trees near wetlands and wildlife, past outcrops of granite, yet you’ll be on pavement the entire time - for miles! In the winter the trail and surroundings can make for a winter white path over which you can ski, snowshoe or even bike - with the right tires! It’s an enjoyable and healthy way to spend part of your day and unlike any experience you’ll get from the street or even sidewalk. There are benches along the trail maintained by a number of organizations and veterans for resting. And, all of this directly accessible from Derry’s downtown area, where there is plenty of free parking along the trail.
If you've never been on the trail before, you'll find some trail tips here. Want to take a visual tour of the trail before your visit? Check out these videos. They cover the trail from Windham right up the the Derry Depot. They were recorded when the trail first opened.