Golden Spike Celebration on the Northern Rail Trail
July 31st: Over 150 people gathered in Danbury , NH to celebrate the completion of a new rail trail section that now links the Grafton and Merrimack County portions of the Northern Rail Trail – resulting in NH’s longest rail trail at 46-miles in length. To commemorate this achievement, a ribbon was cut to open a new 8.5 mile trail section, and a golden spike was hammered into the railbed to signify and celebrate the joining of the Northern Rail Trail sections.
Thanks to the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail groups in Grafton and Merrimack County, the Andover Snowmobile Club, Twin State Snowbusters, the NH Trails Bureau, NH DOT’s Rail Bureau, and the many businesses and volunteers that pitched in to make this trail acheivement possible.
Bicyclist enjoys the rail trail while NH Councilor Ray Burton, and Mike Loomis, FNRT Merrimack Co. board member, take a ride in Mike’s pedal-powered car. Photo by Tom Frantz