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Sugar River Recreation Trail

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Alt Names

Sugar River Trail, Belknap ATV Trails, Newport Trails

Last Known StatusOpen

This 9 mile multiple use trail follows an old railroad bed along the Sugar River. The trail goes over many bridges, including two covered bridges and the area has some nice forest scenery. As expected, the terrain is all easy to moderate with no steep hills and it's a nice easy ride for all skill levels including kids.

The trail is open daily and is one of the few motorized trails that remain open during mud season. Parking is available off Belknap Avenue as well as on the opposite end off Route 11. Again, this is a multiple use trail that is also popular with mountain bikers and hikers, so use caution.

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Nearest CityNewport, NH
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From: Newport, NH
1) Take Hwy 10/N. Main Street north to Belknap Avenue
2) Turn left (west) on Belknap Avenue, continue .1 miles
3) Look for the Newport Recreation Department on the right, park here.




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Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesNH OHRV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.




Contact InfoNew Hampshire Bureau of Trails
439 River Road
Pittsburg, NH 03592
(603) 271-3254
Contact InfoNew Hampshire Fish & Game - OHRV Department
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4300
(603) 271-3129
CommentNew Hampshire OHRV Sticker Info


Sugar River Trail Photo

Sugar River Recreation Trail

Photo Submitted 10/3/2016 (Thanks!)

Sugar River Trail Photo

Sugar River Recreation Trail

Photo Submitted 3/27/2012 (Thanks!)

Sugar River Trail Photo

Sugar River Recreation Trail

Photo Submitted 5/18/2014 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail9
Climate TypeForest
Elevation500 to 800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (W)Valley Regional Hospital (603) 542-7771
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Circle K (603) 863-2490
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Circle K (603) 863-2490
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Crow's Nest Campground (603) 863-6170
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Crow's Nest Campground (603) 863-6170
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Crow's Nest Campground (603) 863-6170
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Mount Sunapee State Park Campground (603) 763-5561
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Circle K (603) 863-2490
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (E)Mount Sunapee State Beach (603) 763-5561
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSugar River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (W)Ashley Ferry Boat Ramp (603) 271-3211
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