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Short Rides (10-20 miles)

Short Ride 1: Plymouth to Little Squam Lake

        -Extension 1: Winona Road

Short Ride 2: Plymouth to Rumney.

        -Extension 2: Halls Brook

        -Extension 3: Buffalo Road

Short Ride 3: Covered Bridge Ride.

Short Ride 4: Plymouth-Campton Dam

        -Extension 4: Waterville Valley

Short Ride 5: Perch Pond Road Loop.

Moderate Rides (20-40 miles)

Moderate Ride 1: Stinson Lake-Ellsworth Loop

Moderate Ride 2: Newfound Lake  

Moderate Ride 3: Plymouth-New Hampton

Long Rides (40+ miles)  

Long Ride 1: Gonzo

Long Ride 2: Big Squam

Short Ride 1: Plymouth-Little Squam Lake Loop

Plymouth-Little Squam Loop is about miles. You will have the ramp off 93 to your right as you enter Ashland, so just beware of any traffic. Once in Ashland you can stop and eat at some restaurants or look at some of the local shops before you head to Little Squam Lake. You will pass an ice cream shop right before the turn onto River road. Once you get into Little Squam Lake there is a beach that has some good swimming, fee is required to swim.

Map From Plymouth to Little Squam Lake

Directions

From Rhino take a left onto Route 3 toward Plymouth.

At the roundabout take the third exit onto 175 South.

        -You will go over a bridge.

Continue straight on 175 South.

        - Holderness School will be on the right.

About two miles down the road turn right onto North Ashland Road (about 2.5 miles) until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign turn left onto Route 3 South.

        -You will go down a hill, under a bridge and past the ramps for 93.

When you get into Ashland follow the road as it turns left to stay on Route 3 South.

After one mile turn right onto River Road.

        -River Road is opposite an ice cream stand and just before a short hill.

Follow this road until you see the lake.

Go under the covered bridge and turn right on Route 3.

                -You will pass the lake again about miles down the road

                -A white building will be on your left just before the turn.

Then take a left onto 175 toward Plymouth NH.

                -A white building will be on your left just before the turn.

Stay on 175 until you get to the roundabout

        -You will pass the Holderness Central School on the right

                                        -Holderness Boarding School will be on the left just before you get into Plymouth.

                                        At the roundabout take the first exit onto Route 3

                                       Rhino Bike Works is on the right just after the green bridge.

Elevation

Check out these pages for more great rides from Little Squam:

For the Winona loop see Extension 1.

Big Squam see Long Ride 2.

Plymouth-New Hampton see Moderate Ride 3

Short Ride 2: Plymouth- Rumney Loop

From Rhino Bike works Rumney is about 5.7 miles and 15.7 mile loop.

There is a small cafe to the left when you get to the stop sign where you can get some food or a drink. The ride does have one bigger hill climb and a slightly steeper section, but over all the hills are just rolling. The only place you need to be careful  is when you get past the second downhill, you pass a field on the left, and down hill can be a little choppy.

Map from Plymouth-Rumney (Follow the blue line)

Directions:

From Rhino Bike Works take a right onto Route 3.

       -You will go up a hill and over a bridge.

Take a left onto Fairgrounds Road.

      -It is the first street on the left after the ramps to 25.

     -You will see the turn lane on the road and a white building will be on  the right after you turn.        

    -You will pass a cemetery to your left.

 Stay on Fairgrounds Road until you get to a T intersection.

 At the T intersection turn right.

       -Go the opposite direction from the covered bridge.

       -You will pass the airport to your left about half a mile down the road.

                               Continue on this road for about 4 miles until you come to a four way intersection.

               -you will see a white church ahead.

                                Welcome to Rumney!         

Returning Plymouth continue on the blue loop, or turn around for the out and back.

Take a left at the intersection onto School Street.

When you get to the end of School Street take a left onto NH 25.

        -You will pass the polar caves 2 miles down the road.

When you get to the roundabout take the second exit toward Plymouth.

        -You will pass a Walmart on the right about .5 miles down the road.

Continue on this road until you get to the ramp going to Route 3.

        -Go through all the lights and it is about a mile from the last light.

Once you get to Route three you will be opposite from Rhino, you can take a right into Plymouth.

(For this option I would not recommend in peak traffic because you go through a main highway where there is normally a lot of traffic, but if you pick the right time it is a nice ride.)

Elevation

At mile 6.24 there is a hill that is moderate, it is a bit longer and steeper than the others, but that is the worse climb it also has a big boulder on top.

Check out these extensions for some other great rides from Rumney:

For Halls Brook see Extension 2

For Buffalo Road see Extension 3

Stinson Lake/Ellsworth Hill see moderate ride 1

Short Ride 3: Cover Bridge Loop

This ride is 17.3 miles. This ride takes you through two of New Hampshire’s covered bridges. When you go over the bridge be careful of any uneven boards. You will also go over some railroad tracks, so be careful there too. Make sure you have enough water and food with you as there is no reason to stop because the all the stores are close to the finish.  

 Map for Covered Bridge Loop (Follow the blue line)               

Directions

From Rhino get onto Route 3 toward Plymouth.

                -You go left over the green bridge.

When you get to the roundabout take the third exit.

                -You will go over another bridge.

Turn left onto 175 North toward Campton

                -You will climb a short hill, the turn is to the left at the top.

                -It is about a mile from the roundabout.

Stay on 175 North until you get to Blair Bridge Road.

                -There is a sign. The turn is on the left about 4 miles down the road.

Stay on Blair Bridge Road until you get to the stop sign.

                -You will go over some railroad tracks (be careful) and the covered bridge.

When you get to the intersection take a left onto Route 3.

Stay on Route 3 until you get to Fairgrounds Road.

                -Take a right onto Fairgrounds Road.

                -There is a white building to your right just before the turn.

Stay on Fairgrounds road until you get to a T intersection.

Take a left onto Smith Bridge Road.

                -You will go over the second covered bridge.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto highway 25.

                -You will pass Walmart to the right and a lot of other shops.

Go through all of the lights and turn right onto the ramp for Route 3.

                                                        -The turn is about 1 mile from the last light.

Continue on the ramp until you get to the stop sign.

Go straight and you are back at Rhino Bike Works.

Elevation

Don’t let the elevation map scare you, there are some rolling hills on 175 and a steeper downhill on Blair Bridge Road, and a few rolling hills on Fairgrounds Road, but the rest is flat.

Short Ride 4: Campton Dam Loop

This ride is about 19 miles long and is very fun. Campton Dam has a very good ice cream place next to the Mad River Tavern. At the light take a left and the ice cream place is less than .5 miles down the road. The road on Owl Street can be uneven in places and you will have to go over train tracks, so be careful.

Map for Campton Dam Loop (Follow blue line)

Directions:

From Rhino Bike Works go onto Route 3 toward Plymouth.

        -Take a left onto the main road and go over the green bridge.

Once you get to the roundabout take the third exit onto Holderness Rd/175A East.

        -You will go over another bridge.

Take a sharp left onto 175 North toward Campton.

        -It is a right at the top of a hill, you will go by a football field on the right.

        -It is about a mile from the roundabout.

Continue on 175 North until you get to Campton Dam. It is about 8 miles.

        -You will go past the road to Blair Bridge and eventually up a hill with a  bear on the right.

        -As you get closer to the Campton Dam you will pass a school on the right.

At the Campton Dam go straight through the light.

About half a mile from the light turn left onto Owl Street.

        -You will go past Owls Nest Golf course on the right.

Continue on this road until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign take a right onto NH 49 East.

        -You will go over a bridge about .5 miles down the road.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto US 3 South.

        -You will go up a hill.

Stay on this road until you see Rhino Bike Works.

        -About three miles down Route 3 you will pass Blair Bridge to your left.

Elevation

The hills on this ride are not bad at all. We call the worst climb Bear Hill. It is on 175 and you’ll see a bear on the right. Other than that the hills just roll. Bear Hill begins gradually and gets steeper at the top, it is not a very long climb and you have a very nice downhill after. There is a sharp right turn that you need to watch out for as you can’t see around the bushes.

Check out this extension for another great ride from Campton

For Campton Dam-Waterville Valley see Extension 4 .

Extension 4: Campton Dam-Waterville Valley.

From Campton Waterville valley is about nine miles away. The full loop is about 39 miles. This ride is very fun as there are a few good hill climbs, but none of them are that bad. You can always stop for ice cream as I mentioned in the Short Ride: Campton Dam loop. You can use this extension for training as well. Some people like to use their time trial bikes on Route 49 to train for time trials. In the Spring the Holderness Cycling team hosts a race which starts at Holderness School and ends at the downhill area. When you come down the hill be prepared for fun! The view is fantastic as a river follows the road.

Map for Campton Dam-Waterville Valley Extension (follow the blue line)

Directions:

To get to Route 49 follow the instructions for Short Ride 4: Campton Dam Loop, until you get to the light by the Campton Dam.

When you get to the light by the Campton Dam take a right onto Route 49.

         -You will pass a campground on the left.

Continue on this road for about eight miles.

You can go left onto Tripoli Road (there will be a sign) which will take you to the down hill area and makes for a nice climb, or you can continue straight into the Village.

To get back turn around and go back on Route 49 into Campton.

        Once you get into Campton take a right at the light.

        You are now on the Short Ride 4: Campton Dam Loop.

Elevation

The hill going into Waterville Valley is a gradual uphill. The very end has some bigger hills, but they are not long.

Going into the village the road is flat. Going up to the Ski area, there is a good climb. This one is not super long, and only has a few quick steeper sections.

Extension 2: Halls Brook

Halls Brook Hill is 3.75 miles long and the full ride is about 25 miles long. This ride is really fun, however Halls Brook Hill is a steeper climb that Stinson Lake. However the climb is very pretty and very fun. The beginning is rather steep, but then it mellows out quite a lot. The downhill is very fun, but there are a few corners that can sneak up on you.

Map for Rumney-Halls Brook Hill Extension

Directions:

Follow the ride Short Ride: Plymouth to Rumney.

When you get into Rumney take a left at the stop sign onto Main Street.

When you get to the end of the street take a right onto Depot Street.

When you get to the end of the street take a slight right onto NH 25.

Turn left onto Halls Brook Road.

        -It is the second road on the left about .13 miles from Depot

          Street.

          - You will know you are there when you see a big uphill.

Follow Halls Brook Road until you get to the stop sign about 3.75 miles from NH 25. When you get to the top turn around and enjoy the downhill.

To get back to Plymouth take a right onto NH 25 and follow the return instructions for the Short Ride Plymouth-Rumney Ride. 

Elevation:

This extension is very fun, don’t let the first hill scare you. It looks bad, but it is not as bad as it seems. The climb is very pretty and worth a bit of pain.

Extension 3:Buffalo Road

Buffalo Road is a great extension to the Plymouth/Rumney loop and adds on about 7.63 miles. You will go past the Rumney cliffs where people like to rock climb and you will also follow the river. There are a few places you can walk down to go for a swim. Buffalo road is an easy road to ride with not much traffic. The only uphill is about two miles in and after that the road is mostly flat. The only road you really need to worry about is Route 25 because there is typically a lot of traffic on that road.

Short Rumney-Buffalo Road Extension

Directions

To get to Rumney follow Short Ride Plymouth/Rumney.

Once you get to the four way intersection in Rumney go straight at the stop sign onto Buffalo Road.

        -About a mile and a half you will pass a rock climbing area.

Follow Buffalo Road until you get to a stop sign.

At the stop sign take a right onto Sand Hill Road.

        -You will go down a steep downhill.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto Route 25.

        This will take you back towards Rumney.

Once you get on Route 25 follow the return instructions for the Short Ride Plymouth/Rumney.

Elevation

Don’t let the hill scare you, it is not as bad as it seems on the map. It is a short hill, and is a bit steeper, but very rideable. The hill going down Sand Hill Road is also steep, so a little careful going down that hill.

To see the longer Buffalo Road extension see Long Ride 1: Gonzo

Moderate Ride 1: Stinson Lake-Ellsworth

Stinson Lake is about three miles from Rumney. The whole loop from Rhino is about 26.39 miles.

This ride is a favorite because Stinson Lake is a beautiful climb with a great view of the lake and Ellsworth is a fantastic downhill. Stinson Lake Road does turn to packed dirt for a few miles, so be careful. Make sure you bring plenty of water and food as once you get out of Rumney there are no places to stop and eat until you get back to Rhino.

Map for Stinson Lake-Ellsworth (Follow the blue line)

Directions

To get to Rumney follow short ride Plymouth Rumney .

When you get to the stop sign in Rumney take a right onto Stinson Lake Road.

        -You will go up a hill.

Continue on this road until you get to Ellsworth.

        -Stinson Lake is on the right about three miles in.

        -This road turns to hard packed dirt for a few miles so be careful.

Once you get into Ellsworth stay straight onto Ellsworth Hill Road.

Stay on Ellsworth Hill Road until you get to the intersection of Ellsworth Hill Road and Route 3.

When you get to the intersection turn right onto Route 3.

Stay on Route three until you see Rhino to the left.

Elevation 

Don’t let the first uphill scare you. The hill mellows out and has a few quick steeper areas, but overall the climb is gradual.

Short Ride 5 Perch Pond Loop

This route is about 19.6 miles long. This loop has quite a bit of dirt road, so if you are not used to a road bike or don’t like dirt roads I would not recommend this ride. This loop is really fun and has some good downhills, but just be careful on the dirt road. This ride does not have a lot of traffic once you get onto Mount Prospect Road. However, once you get onto 175 there is a bit more traffic.

Make sure you have enough water with you as there is no place to get more water/food except at the beginning.

dirt road.

Map for Perch Pond Loop (follow the blue)

Directions

From Rhino take a left onto Route 3.

                -You will go over a green bridge.

Once you get to the roundabout take the third exit onto 175A

                -You will go over another bridge.

Turn left onto Mount Prospect Road.

                -The Holderness gym/hockey rink will be on the left.

Stay on Mount Prospect until you get to a V in the road.

Stay to the right, you are now on Smith Road.

                -It is the fourth road on the right.

Stay on Smith Road until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign turn right onto 7 Pines Road.

Continue on 7 Pines, and stay straight as it turns into Beede Road.

At the end of Beede Road, take a slight left onto Perch Pond Road.

Stay on Perch Pond Road until you get to a four way intersection.

At the intersection take a left onto Perch Pond Road.

Continue on this road until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign take a left onto Route 175S.

                You will pass a bear on the left and you will be going down a hill.

Stay on Route 175S until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign take a right onto 175A

                -You will go down a hill toward Plymouth.

                -You will go over a bridge just before the roundabout.

At the roundabout take the first exit onto Route 3.

Stay on this road until you get back to Rhino which will be on the right.

                -Just before the turn to Rhino you will go over a green bridge.

                                                

Elevation

This ride has a few hills. As you can see in the beginning there are some hills on Mount Prospect Road. Other than that, the hills are reasonable, 175 has a few hills, but they are mostly rolling.

Extension 1: Winona Extension

This extension is really fun. The Winona Extension is only 10.7 miles long and very fun. There are a few really fun hill climbs. You can stop in Ashland for some food or look around before you start the loop. Or you can always stop at the Squam Lake Market Place for a very good sandwich. The down hills are not intense and you don’t have to worry about sharp corners. There is one place where the road turns to a bit of packed dirt, but it is not for very long and is very rideable.

Map for Extension 4: Winona Extension

Directions

To get to Ashland follow Short Ride 1.

Go right onto 132 and take the first left onto Winona Road.

        -At the Y in the road, stay to the left onto Winona Road.

        -You will also go up a short uphill.

After about 4 miles take a left onto Hawkins Pond Road.

        -You go up a short hill and the road turns to a bit of packed dirt.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto Hawkins Pond Road.

        -A pond will be right in front of you.

Stay straight, the road becomes East Holderness road.

        -You will go up a hill, just stay to the left.

Take a slight left onto Coxboro road.

Take a slight left onto Shepard Hill.

        -When you get to the top of the hill stay to the left.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto Route 3s.

        -You’ll be by the Holderness Gas station.

Take a right onto 175 and follow the return instructions for Short Ride 1.

        -It is about 1.5 miles from Shepard Hill.

            You can now follow the return instructions from Short Ride 1.

Elevation

This loop is a bit hillier than some of the other loops. The hill on East Holderness road/Coxboro Road is the worst hill. It is longer and a bit steeper than the others, but once you get to the top you have a very fun down hill. There are a few steep hills, but they are all short. 175 also has some hills, but they are either somewhat steep and short or not very steep, but a bit longer and mostly rolling hills.

Moderate Ride 3: Plymouth-New Hampton

This ride is 28.65 miles long and is very fun. This loop brings you into New Hampton using roads that do not have a lot of traffic. Just be careful when you are getting into Ashland as there is a bit more traffic there, and when you get to New Hampton. There are some restaurants in Ashland, and there are some gas stations in New Hampton if you need to get a snack or drink. River Road is very pretty and one of my favorite roads to ride on.

Map for Plymouth-New Hampton

Directions

Follow Short ride 1 Plymouth-Little Squam into Ashland.

Once you get to Ashland stay straight on Main Street.

        -You’ll pass a pizza place on the left.

Stay right and turn onto Depot Street/132S toward New Hampton.

        -You will go over railroad tracks about .3 miles from the turn.

Stay on this road until you get to the stop sign.

        -You will see a post office on the left.

At the stop sign turn right onto NH 104W

Then turn right onto River Road.

        -You will go down a bridge, and it is the first paved street on the right.

        -Right after you get on River Road the road you’ll get to a triangle, just stay to the right.

Stay on River Road until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign turn left onto Route 3.

        -You will go up a short hill, and the road will get curvy.

Take Route 3 into Plymouth.

        -You’ll pass a bunch of shops, Rite Aid will be on the left.

When you get to the roundabout take the second exit to stay on Route 3.

        -You will pass a church on the left.

Stay on Route 3 until you see Rhino Bike Works. It will be on the right.

        -Rhino Bike Works is just after the green bridge.

Elevation

Don’t let the elevation of this ride scare you it is one of the shorter rides, so the hills look worse than they actually are.  It is a bit hillier than some of the other rides, however the hills are rolling. Going into Ashland the hills are not steep. Once you get onto 132S the hills are mostly rolling. There is one longer hill, but it is not that bad. River Road is rather flat, it does have a few hills, but they are mostly rolling.

Long Ride 1: Gonzo Loop

This ride is a classic Rhino Ride. It is longer than most of the other loops as it is 56.17 miles long. There is one major hill climb and one major descent. Rumney has a cafe so you can get a snack or a drink before the next place to get something, which is Woodstock. There are plenty of places in Woodstock to get food.

Map for Gonzo Loop

Directions:

Follow Short Ride 2: Plymouth-Rumney

Once you get into Rumney stay straight onto Buffalo Road

        -You will pass the rock climbing area.

When you get to the stop sign, take a left to stay on Buffalo Road.

        -There is a bit of hard packed dirt on this road.

When you get to the end of Buffalo Road take a right onto East Side Road.

Stay straight onto Red Oak Hill Road.

Stay straight onto Clifford Brook Road.

Continue straight onto Fish Hatchery Road

At the stop sign turn right onto Nh 118.

        -You will pass Mount Mooselaukee Health Center on the left.

Stay on NH 118 until you get to Sawyer Highway.

Turn Right onto Sawyer Highway/NH118.

        -A white house will be on the left just before the turn.

Stay on this road until you get to the stop sign.

At the stop sign take a right onto NH 112E

        -This will take you into North Woodstock.

When you get to the light take a right onto Route 3

        -You will see a building with a sign saying Kancamagus in front of you.

Stay on Route 3 until you see Rhino on the left.

        -You will go through Thornton and Campton.

        -There is a bridge just before Rhino.

Elevation:

As you can see there is one major hill climb and one major descent. The hill climb does get steep in places, but the view at the top is worth it. The descent can be sketchy in places, as there are a few tight corners, so just be careful going down. The rest of the ride has rolling hills.

Long Ride 2: Big Squam Loop

This ride is another Rhino Classic. It is 46.11 miles long and is very fun. Make sure you bring plenty of water and food with you as the only good place to get food or drinks is Holderness. There is a market where you can get food and drinks. This ride has one hill right as you leave Sandwich that is a bit steep and long. The rest of the hills are mostly rolling.

Map: Big Squam Lake Loop

Directions

Follow short ride 1: Plymouth-Little Squam Lake 

Get onto US 3N

         -Go over the covered bridge and take a right at the stop sign.

Stay on US 3N until you get to Holderness.

When you get to Holderness take a right onto Shepard Hill

        -The turn is just after the Holderness Gas station on the right.

When you get to the top of Shepard Hill continue straight to stay on Shepard Hill.

        -You will go down a hill.

When you get to the stop sign take a right onto US 3N

        -You will pass a motel on the right.

Stay on US 3N until you get to College Rd then take a left onto College Rd.

When you get to the stop sign take a left onto 25B E

        -You will pass a field on the right.

Turn left onto Center Harbor Neck Road

Turn right onto Anthon Rd.

Turn right onto High Haith Road

Turn left onto Bean Road.

Stay straight onto Squam Lake Road

        -This will take you into Sandwich.

Turn left onto NH 113 W.

        -Follow this until you get to a stop sign in Holderness.

Turn right onto US 3 N

Turn right onto 175.

                                                      -follow return directions for Short Ride 1

Elevation

This ride is not as hilly as the elevation says it is. There are a few hills, but for the most part the ride is either flat or has rolling hills.