“That was a strong message to us that the people of Londonderry wanted a rail trail,” Rimol said. “There are a lot of good things happening in Londonderry.”
Many residents also pitch in to do cleanup work, Rimol said. It’s also often tough to find the money to support trail work.
Londonderry recently received a matching grant of $100,000 from the state for the town’s peat bog section of the trail system.
While Londonderry works to get trail sections paved, Derry and Windham have been ahead of the curve. Nearly eight miles of the trail are already paved between the two towns, making it the longest continuous abandoned railbed trail in New Hampshire.
Local physician John Daley serves on the boards for both Derry and Londonderry trail groups. He called Windham the leader when it comes to doing it right.
“Windham pioneered the rail trails in Southern New Hampshire and we’re following their lead,” Daley said. “Build it and they will come, and they do. Everyone who uses a trail thinks it’s a wonderful thing.”
Having a connected trail system in local towns can only help a community grow and thrive.
“It’s free, anyone can use it,” Rimol said. “It’s good for your state of mind, good for your health, good for the economy.”
Samsel said it’s happy trails for the state.
“It’s a statewide initiative, we’re a team,” he said. “And we want people to be part of our story.”