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Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

There are always opportunities to volunteer your time and/or talents to the trail. Here is a list of some of the areas that we can use help on now.

For information on volunteer opportunities, please send an email to

  • Grant Writing: Need volunteers to research grant opportunities and to write grants for matching construction funds and for other various trail needs. i.e. like the DRED grant we got last year for maintenance and there may be opportunities for funding for brochures, etc.
  • Fundraising: Work with Board to propose and organize other fundraising ideas or Help with Taste of the Trail or similar events.
  • Adopt a Trail: Be willing to perform general clean up and maintenance on an adopted section of trail and to observe and notify Board of problems in that section.
  • Funding for Scott Marceau Fund and Tilton & Northfield Maintenance: Develop ideas for fundraisers or grant opportunities to fund maintenance funds.
  • Research for Historic Brochures: Need volunteers willing to research history of specific spots and also volunteers to work on brochure to incorporate known history.  This could also be done for environmental brochures of trail.
  • PR work to advance trail awareness: Willing to write press releases and contact media to advance trail information.  Also need to be sure we are listed on various Internet and printed sites so that tourists and local residents are aware of recreational and sight seeing opportunities.
  • Taste of the Trail Fall fundraiser
  • Clean-up
  • General maintenance
Get Involved

Donate to the Missing Link Bridge Fund

Dear Friends,

The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a beautiful 5.1 mile multi-use pedestrian trail that connects the communities of Tilton, Northfield and Franklin. The trail follows the old railroad line and is a peaceful and scenic experience – except for a small stretch that requires people to deal with sidewalks and traffic in Tilton.

To improve that stretch of trail, we are going to build the “Missing Link Bridge” that will connect the trail across the Winnipesaukee River from the end of Granite St in Northfield to a spot near the old Ernie’s used cars on Rte 3 in Tilton. We need your help to do that.

We received a grant to help with the cost of the bridge, but we need to raise in excess of $130,000 in matching funds to complete the bridge and insure future maintenance. Won’t you help us reach our Missing Link Bridge Goal by the end of June? Every donation helps.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution today using the secure PayPal button in the right column

Thank you for your continued support,

Rick Silverberg
Winnipesaukee River Trail Association

P.S. Your gift may be doubled if your employer has a matching gift program. Please see your Human Resources Dept.

The Trail

Trestle View Park – Overview and History

The park is designed to serve as a gateway to the city’s downtown and a trail head for the Winnipesaukee River Trail  The park  provides parking, a kayak take out for the many kayakers that utilize this white water section of the Winnipesaukee River and features a memorial plaza that allows for a historical prospective on the City of Franklin.

The City of Franklin and the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association working cooperatively with funding provided by a NH Land and Water Conservation Grant constructed the park.  The required 50% match was made possible by the donation of land for the park by the Grevior Family and donations of labor and equipment from others.  Beck & Bellucci, Inc. contributed a large amount of the construction and other services to complete the park.  The National Park Service provided design work.  The Franklin Saving Bank provided needed funds to have land appraised for the grant and engineering costs to subdivide the property.   George F. Sargent, Inc. donated design services and labor to install the irrigation.  Shrubs and Flowers in the park have been provided, planted and maintained by the Burn’s family in memory of Ian Burns.  Other funds were provided for trees and shrubs by a NH moose plate grant. Funding was also obtained from a Nestle D.I.R.T. Grant.

The park features a 15’ diameter mill wheel weighing in excess of eleven tons.  This flywheel served as part of steam engine that powered a textile mill in Franklin’s historic mill district.  The mill wheel prior to installation was determined by testing to have lead paint.  Modern Protective Coatings of Hudson, NH donated their services to remove lead paint and repaint the wheel. 

 The mill wheel is dedicated to the memory of Fuss Feener.  Russ was a founding member of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association and his enthusiasm for the wheel led him to make extensive efforts to have the millwheel included in the park design.  A plaque is installed at the base of the wheel outlining the history of the wheel and it’s dedication to Russ. 

 Dedication of  the park was held on Tuesday Sept 27, 2005.

The Trail

Lodging near the trail

For many people, a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire includes using the various rail trails that dot the region. The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a popular destination because of it beauty, its connection to the Northern Rail Trail, and its proximity to world-class shopping, dining, and lodging.

The following is a list of “bicycle friendly” lodging near the Winnipesaukee River Trail.


Super-8 Tilton

Super 8 Tilton/Lake Winnipesaukee
7 Tilton Rd, Tilton, NH 03276 US

  • Phone: 1-603-286-8882
  • Fax: 1-603-286-8788
  • Check in: After 3:00 PM
  • Check out: Before 11:00 AM

This hotel directly abuts the trail and they provide a bicycle rack as well as trail guides and literature. This hotel has been a big supported of the trail – please support them when you visit the Lakes Region!


Hampton Inn Suites Tilton

195 Laconia Rd. – P. O. Box 288, Tilton, NH, 03276, USA

  • Phone: 1-603-286-3400
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Check out: 11:00 AM

This hotel is located about 1 mile from the Tilton trail head.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tilton

75 Tilton Road, Tilton, NH 03276

  •  Phone: 800 315 2621
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
  • Check out:11:00 AM

This hotel is located less than 1 mile from the Tilton trail head.


Tilton Inn

255 Main Street Tilton, NH 03276 USA

  • Email:
  • Telephone: (603) 286-7774

This hotel is located in downtown Tilton, just minutes from the trail.


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