Nestled in the scenic surroundings of Concord, New Hampshire, the Monoro Trails and Sewall's Falls area offers a mixed bag for cycling enthusiasts. With a total distance of 5 miles and categorized as intermediate, this out-and-back route along the river invites both beginners looking for a casual ride and those keen on upping their trail skills.
Starting with a mild one-mile stretch at Monoro Trails, the route offers a double track alongside a pond—ideal for beginners or those in for a short, casual ride. However, things take a turn for the more technical past Sewall's Falls Bridge. The terrain becomes studded with roots and small rocks but remains mostly flat, serving as an excellent introduction to trail riding.
The reason for the "intermediate" tag lies in two key areas before reaching the Sewall's Falls Bridge. One is a quick sandy climb leading to a swift drop on the other side, complete with roots at the bottom. The other challenge is a hill leading to a wooden bridge over a brook. Post-bridge, the trail continues under the parking area and introduces more roots and rocks. A swift left-hand climb, which can flood in the spring, leads to the deactivated railroad bed.
One intriguing aspect is the opportunity to ride alongside inactive railroad tracks that are still in place. A narrow path runs beside the railed and tied tracks, adding an interesting dynamic to the route.
Access the area by exiting at 15W on 93 and heading down North State St. Take a right at Beaver Meadow Golf Course and then a left after crossing the rails. Parking is available at either Monoro Trails before the train tracks or Sewalls Falls parking areas.
Concord's Monoro Trails and Sewall's Falls area is a perfect arena to hone basic trail riding skills while also enjoying scenic river views. Though it may offer some challenges that warrant its "intermediate" classification, its versatility and unique railroad element make it a must-visit trail for cyclists in New Hampshire.