Blackmount Trail

Haverhill Recreation Commission
Town of Haverhill
North Haverhill, NH

A planned Rail-trail with some portions currently open

East Haverhill to Woodsville, NH

Miles* Station Svcs Settlement Municipality
75.44 Glencliff TFP Glencliff Warren
--?-- [town line]   East Haverhill Haverhill
80.28 Olivarian TFP East Haverhill Haverhill
82.32 Pike -FP Pike Haverhill
84.99 Haverhill TFP Haverhill Haverhill
88.54 Blackmount TFP North Haverhill Haverhill
90.80 Horse Meadow --- Grafton County Complex Haverhill
--?-- [end of trail]   Woodsville Haverhill
93.60 Woodsville TFP Woodsville Haverhill
*= Railroad Miles from Concord
Dark Face = Depot building presumed in 1923
Svcs: T=Telegraph, F=Freight Accounts, P=Passenger tickets
Italic Face = beyond limits of trail
Mileage and Station Names from Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, July 1,1923

The town of Haverhill has used ISTEA funding for the purchase of the Blackmount Branch as well as the available fragments of the previous abandonment that continues through Haverhill, Pike, and East Haverhill, for a total of some 9 miles of railroad bed. Unfortunately, some portions of this older right of way was previously sold for State highway and private purposes. However the town plans to utilize portions of lightly used town roads and snowmobile trails to connect these parcels to form a continuous multi-purpose trail!

Snowmobiles Connecticut River Snowmobile Club currently uses many portions of this railroad bed for snowmobile trails. The portion of the roadbed south of Blackmount is part of NH Snowmobile Corridor #5. Snowmobile usage is also evident alongside Route 10 north of Cross Road in North Haverhill. However, potential trail users must remember that all trails maintained by the Club that cross private property are open only during snowmobile season.

Information The Lower Chohase Region Web Site provides community information for the Connecticut River Valley towns of Haverhill, Bradford, Piermont, and Newbury.


 Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
206 Plymouth Blackmount 1954 B&M 37
337 Woodsville Blackmount 1981 B&M 4.3
B&M = Boston & Maine Railroad
From the "Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994" in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:

Federal Funding Summary

Project Name Year City County Federal $ Local $ Total $
Acq./Develop Blackmnt Branch RR 1997 Haverhill Coos $170,244 $42,561 $212,805

NH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ACTION

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Authorized purchase and sale agreement with the Boston and Maine Corporation in the amount of $207,154.00 to purchase certain rights, title and interest of a portion of the abandoned Blackmount railroad line in Haverhill.

Item #116 of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MINUTES for December 17, 1997 10:30 a.m.

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on February 27, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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