The current text of the WMNF Rail n River Trail guide has been posted to the WMNF Web Site to which potential trail users are directed for current information. What follows is merely supplementary information!
Portions of this trail utilize the roadbed of the Bartlett & Albany Railroad, a longing railroad that operated between Bartlett and this point from 1887 to 1894. The trail also passes the point where the railroad once crossed the Swift River, which allows trail users to view the last remnants of the railroad trestle still in the river bottom. Note that Rob Brook Road and Bear Notch Road to Bartlett utilize other portions of this long forgotten railroad bed!
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USGS Topographic map of Rail & River Trail
The small parking area and pit toilets for this short trail is shared with the nearby restored Russell Colbath House at Passaconway. The WMNF ranger that conducts tours of the house also answers other questions about the National Forest. Note that the list of exempt areas is not clear whether the parking pass program applies to this parking area.