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Enjoy our new benches overlooking Lake Todd in Bradford

Two railcar wheel-based benches have been set alongside the trail in the Lake Todd area. Wheels from the Conway Scenic Railroad were media blasted by Jeremiah Johnson from Bear Blasting and painted by Fred Nystrom and Andrew Blagden. Seat brackets were welded by Jason Allen at Merrimack County Customs, who then delivered the bench frames to the site with an escort from the Bradford police department. CLSRT board members provided materials and did the final assembly June 5th.

The bench closest to the bridge will be dedicated as a memorial to Robert Saturley, whose friends and family contributed generous donations for this portion of the trail.

We expect the trail surface to be installed in this area over the next couple weeks.

Adjust your bike on the trail with CLSRT’s new bike fixit stations

Bike repair stations are springing up along the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. CLSRT nearly doubled the number of repair stations in the state of NH by aquiring 5 of the self-contained fixit stands. Each solid bike stand has a variety of built in tools and QR code stamp to access instructions on fixing the most common issues with bicycles.

Today we installed 4 stands along the trail. One in Bradford by the Appleseed Restaurant and Catering,one at Schoodacs and another at Bagley Field in Warner. The fourth fix station is at the Contoocook Riverway Association in Contoocook.

Thank you to our sponsors: Central New Hampshire Bicycling CoalitionWarner Fall Foliage FestivalKearsarge Area Chamber of CommerceHopkinton Rotary, Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford, Inc. And Northeast Delta Dental, who is helping sponsor a location in Concord that will be installed later this summer.

For a map of bike fix stations across NH and the United States, see Dero’s public bike fixit map.

“Good Morning, Snowplow” story walk on the Warner Rail Trail

It’s the perfect time of the season for a snowshoe, ski or walk along the river in Warner while reading the recently released “Good Morning, Snowplow” picture book by local author Deborah Bruss. The vivid illustrations and rhythmic verse are a colorful addition to the beauty of the snow-covered trail.

Hopkinton connector open for Winter use

The improved trail from exit 7 in Davisville now connects to the end of the Stevens Rail Trail, providing 2 miles of uninterrupted winter riding or skiing. Due to early snows, the trail is set for winter use, but the surface will need to be modified and final hard pack applied after the spring thaw.

Bridge over Lake Todd open for winter use

Over several weekends, a crew of volunteers from the Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford, and CLSRT built a pedestrian bridge over Lake Todd to increase safety and provide walking options from the Tilly Wheeler trail to the Appleseed Restaurant in Bradford. The bridge will be dedicated in Memory of Robert Saturley.

Learn about assembling rail trail corridors from Craig Della Penna on March 8th in Warner.

Nationally recognized rail trail expert Craig Della Penna is coming to Warner to speak on how to assemble rail trail corridors. This is a great opportunity to hear from a person who:

Craig Della Penna

Craig Della Penna

  • worked for the railroad company that used to own the Concord & Claremont line
  • worked for Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • is a realtor specializing in properties near rail trails.
  • runs a Bed & Breakfast next to a rail trail.

He knows the benefits trails bring to rural communities and how – even though its not easy – its worth the effort.

Craig will be speaking at 7:00 PM at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner. The library is located at 18 East Main St, Warner, NH 03278.  We hope to see you there.

Ausbon Sargent Land Trust Encourages people to “Opt Outside”. CLSRT Agrees.

The Winter 2017 edition of the Ausbon Sargent Newsletter “Chatter” has the theme “Opt Outside”. “Opting Outside is one of the least expensive ways to stay healthy.” We couldn’t agree more. They also write, “there are many positive benefits that result from a casual walk on a woodland path.” We hope you agree and will help make the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail a reality with your donations and support.

Thank you Warner businesses!

Businesses from across Warner are supporting the trail by displaying our donation cards.

Concord Lake Sunapee Rail Trail donation card

CLSRT Donation Card

Please thank these retailers for their support.
Aubuchon Hardware
Bella Capelli Salon
Brown Family Realty
Caldwell Banker Real Estate
Charlie Macs
Circle K Stores, Warner
Country Cobwebs
Cyr Lumber
Evans Expressmart, Warner
Foothills of Warner
Knoxland Equipment
Mainstreet Bookends
Pizza Chef of Warner
Pleasant Lake Estates
Schoodacs Coffee & Tea
School House Cafe
Sugar River Bank
The Local
Warner Barber Shop
The Velvet Moose
Warner Laundromat & Dry Cleaning
Warner Pharmacy
Warner Police
Warner Town Hall
Yankee Farmers Market

If we missed your business and you would like to help please get in touch.

CLSRT Baseball Hat thank you gift

Concord Lake Sunapee Rail Trail baseball hat is a reward for your $100 tax deductible donation to the rail trail.

Make a $100 tax-deductible contribution to Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and earn a limited edition rail trail baseball cap as a thank you gift.

Look your best and show your support for the trail with a Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail cap. Make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more and get your limited edition baseball hat before they run out!

Lightweight khaki hat  is comfortable in all seasons, and smooth velcro back strap adjusts to fit all sizes.


Warner Fall Foliage Festival Update

Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail booth at the 2016 Warner Fall Foliage Festival.

Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail booth at the 2016 Warner Fall Foliage Festival.

A huge thank you to all who came by the booth to learn more about the trail, sign up for our e-mail news, and make donations. We are now offering thank you gifts of CLSRT baseball hats for donations of $100 and up. Eight of those hats were purchased during festival and more people joined as individual and family members. A sincere thanks to everyone for their donations of any amount. This trail is coming together and we especially appreciate those who are making donations as we ready our next projects. We now have over $3500 in our account to put towards the bridge.

Also during festival week another landowner gave permission for the trail to cross their property and discussions on several other parcels moved forward. More details will be forthcoming in the near future.