Did you know that the greater Manchester area is home to some of the finest mountain biking trails in the State? Whether you want a trail that is easy or hard, there is something for you.
If you are a novice take a ride down the Rockingham Recreation trail, which begins in the Lake Massabesic parking lot on Route 28 By-Pass (Londonderry Turnpike) near the Massabesic traffic circle. This trail is approximately 26 miles long and is completely flat for relatively easy riding. The trail connects to other, more challenging, trails if you are looking for something a little more adventurous.
Another fine trail that offers relatively easy riding is Tower Hill Pond in Auburn. Owned by the City of Manchester and a part of the Lake Massabesic watershed, Tower Hill is approximately three miles in circumference. This beautiful body of water is minutes from downtown Manchester and offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The trail around the pond also connects to more challenging trails.
For technical, single track, riding there is Bear Brook State Park in Hooksett and the trails maintained by the Friends of Massabesic Bicycling Association in Auburn. Many of these trails are not for the faint of heart and require experience and comfort on a mountain bike as well as a certain amount of physical prowess. Detailed information on these trails, including maps, can be found on their respective web sites.
For information on mountain biking, take a look at these books available at your library:
The complete mountain biking manual by Tim Brink