Reviving a Rail Trail

a photograph of a large granite bridge abutment, without an accompanying bridge

Construction of a new bridge across this impressive historic granite railroad abutment will open 1.6 miles of rail trail between Harrisville and Hancock.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Several years ago, the Harris Center worked closely with Harrisville Trails to re-open a 1.4-mile section of old railroad bed to recreation. In the years since, the Eastview Trail has become one of our most popular walking trails.

Now, we’ve got our sights set on reviving the 1.6-mile section just east of Eastview, from Jaquith Road in Harrisville to Jaquith Road in Hancock. Friends of the SuperSanctuary generously donated land to make it possible to open this section to the public, but the trail needed substantial work, including extensive regrading and construction of two bridges. The grading and one footbridge have been completed with support from the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership and the New Hampshire Recreational Trails Program. However, the largest bridge, which will span Jaquith Brook via an impressive historic granite railroad abutment, has yet to be installed.

To complete construction of the second bridge, the Harris Center needs to raise an additional $15,000 by September 30. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this exciting trail project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at or (603) 525-3394.