This project started in 2018 and will conclude in 2019. Special thanks to:
- The Town of Hopkinton for permission to work on the Stevens Rail Trail section.
- The owners of Knoxland Equipment for permission to cross their property.
- The owners of Nicom Coatings for permission to cross their property.
- NH Forests and Lands for permission to use the edge of the Davisville State Forest.
Funding for this project comes from a combination of individual donations and a Recreational Trails Program grant from the NH Bureau of Trails.
The Davisville sections of this project have been an active snowmobile trail for years. But that half mile portion was not suitable for pedestrian and cycling in the summer months. A few photos from 2017 follow.
This project will create a smooth trail with a stone dust surface so users of the Stevens Rail Trail will have a way to reach Route 103 and destinations like Knoxland, Cyr Lumber, the Schoolhouse Cafe, Madgetch, the Davisville Flea Market, RR Charlebois and more.
After raising funds and leveraging the funds with a grant from the NH Bureau of Trails work began in early December 2018 with the Davisville section of the trail being staked out and brush cut. Silt fencing was installed where required. Our contractor, Hopkinton Forestry and Land Clearing, boxed out the trail through to the end of the Stevens Rail Trail, organic material was removed and bank run gravel brought in to establish a base. Culverts were installed as specified on the plans. Then the weather shut down work for the winter.
Where the new trail meets the Stevens Rail Trail there was a significant wet area. Photos from April, May, and June show the progress.
Work resumed in June after a wet spring. Ditches along the Stevens Rail Trail in two locations received some long overdue maintenance so the trail surface could dry out. New base material was brought in to crown the center of the trail so it will remain dry.
More material was required in the Davisville section than we had planned for. As a result we are having to raise additional funds so we have enough to put a stone dust surface down on the entire 2 miles from Spring St to Old Warner Rd. Without additional funds we will only be able to top coat the new section of trail and the two former wet areas of the Stevens Rail Trail.
This section of trail should be complete in the next couple of weeks. Please help as much as you can with donations so we can top coat the entire 2 mile length.