Category Archives: Bradford

Information specific to the Bradford sections of the trail.

$50,000 Matching Grant Challenge – You did it!

In 2019 we were challenged to raise $50,000 that would be matched by a donor advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Together we did it!

You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation has offered us a challenge grant where they will donate $50,000 to CLSRT if we can raise $50,000 from other sources by December 31, 2019.

Meeting that challenge enabled us to have the funds to complete finishing touches on the Stevens Rail Trail in Contoocook & Warner and complete the parking area and a half mile of trail in Concord that opened spring of 2020.

Thank you to everyone who got us over the top. Thank you also to You Have Our Trust for supporting the vision of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and challenging us to reach new heights.

For alternative ways to donate, visit our Contact & Donate Page.

Thank you!

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. The fifth bike Fix Station is now available for use at the trail head parking area at 25 Fisherville Rd in Concord, NH.

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.Northeast Delta Dental and Granite State Wheelers.

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

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.