A group of interested citizens have been working quietly over the past few years to try to bring a stretch of abandoned railroad bed back to life. The 3.7-mile length under consideration runs from an area near Groton Depot to Townsend Center, along the Squannacook River, a very scenic area. Better yet, there’s plenty of potential to expand it at some later date, since the railbed runs up to Mason, NH. And the Nashua River Rail Trail is nearby for an easy connection.

For now, plans call for making it a stonedust trail, similar to the Mass Central Rail Trail. A nonprofit organization will be formed to find the necessary funding so that the two towns will not won’t be burdened with any of the costs.

Over the past several years, I’ve been taking full advantage of the existing rail trails here in New England, and there seems to be an ever-growing number. They’re great for a short, pleasant rid when time is short, or the one farther off make a great day-long destination.

The members of the Squannacook Rail Trail Committee deserve our gratitude, and our support. Visit their website at Squannacookriverrailtrail.org