Campgrounds, Glamping, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Motels
Due to the Covid-19 issues, call ahead to find out the rules for lodging and make reservations:
The Nootka Lodge
This motel is located in Woodsville, a good place to start and finish the Cross NH Adventure Trail. Near to restaurants, groceries and the state wine and liquor store to obtain celebratory supplies at the completion of your adventure.
All Seasons Motel
Located close to restaurants, groceries, state wine and liquor store. Good accommodations at a reasonable price.
River Meadow Campground
Located about 4 miles south of the xNHAT route, accessible by a non-motorized rail trail from Woodsville, or by biking on the road (Route 10). Use this link: RideWithGPS for a map to access the campground via a non-motorized rail trail.
Just across the river in Wells River Vermont:
Wells River Motel
Located within a half mile of the NH border at Woodsville, the Wells River Motel is a small, family motel that is reasonable and comfortable.
The Inn at Sunset Hill
This elegant inn is located about 6 miles off of the trail, north of Lisbon on Route 117 over the town line into Sugar Hill. Yes, you will have to climb gradually up Route 117 from its intersection with Route 302 to the top of the hill, BUT you will have BIG rewards with the panoramic mountain views of Franconia Ridge and Cannon Mountain. History and elegance abound. Breakfast or lunch could be at Polly's Pancake Parlor, a unique local classic. Check it out in lupine season, mid to end of June, or for fall foliage season,
The Rustic Log Cabins provide cozy cabin lodging with fireplaces in the woods on the river. The cabins are located on Route 117, in Lisbon. They are located off the trail, requiring an easy, gradual 3 mile climb up from the intersection of Route 302-Route 117.
Littleton Lots of lodging options in Littleton, here are a few that have been welcoming to cyclists:
The Littleton Motel
A bike friendly motel, perfectly located right on Main Street in Littleton, near restaurants, coffee shops, brewery, bike shop, movie theater and all the funky, eclectic shops of this vibrant town. It is known as the "GLAD" town, look for the statue of Pollyanna, known for her exceptional optimism. This is the oldest MOTEL in the USA!
Another bike friendly, historic hotel, right on Main Street in the middle of all the action. Originally opened in 1850, all the Presidential candidates likely stayed here. The photographs are in the hallways, like a museum!
The Maple Leaf Motel
This motel is located just to the west of the town, access is closest to the trail from the bike-ped suspension bridge over the river. The link above is to the Facebook page. The website in under reconstruction at the moment (July 8, 2021), so the best way to get information, room availability and pricing is to call them: (603) 444-5105
Burns Lake Campground
Lakeside campground located in Whitefield, just off of Route 116 on the north side (between Littleton and the Whitefield town center). Nice campsites, pleasant place to stay for $20 a night. Just up the road from Forest Lake State Park.
Art Gallery Hostel
Located right in the center of Whitefield. Dave, owner of the Art Gallery Hostel, will provide you a unique lodging experience in an art gallery! Dave is an artist, framer and cyclist, bicycle racer and mechanic. He knows bikes and touring! There are private rooms with shared common space, kitchen privileges (there is a grocery store nearby, take-out restaurants, too), wi-fi, laundry.
Mountain View Grand Hotel and Spa
For a truly unique and elegant experience, stay in one of the few remaining "Grand Hotels" in New Hampshire. It opened in 1865. Guests used to arrive via the railroad from Boston and beyond, then take a horse and carriage shuttle to the hotel. You will be arrive using the same rail line, but you will need to bike up the hill to the hotel (or get a shuttle, Dan and Maura, see the shuttle services page, live close by and would likely drive you and your bikes up there). The ride up is not long, but might be a walk-bike on that one particular hill if you have heavy packs.
Israel River Campground
Right on the route in the Jefferson Valley. Good for access to the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge and the Presidential Rail Trail. It has a hot tub, pool and nice campground hosts. It also has a tiny grocery camp store for basic camping items and the classic ice cream bars, popsicles and Dixie Cups.
The Jefferson Inn
A beautiful location, mountain views, a classic Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Located on Route 2, just east of "The Corner Store" general store and gas station, close to the intersection of Route 115A (Meadow Road) and Route 2.
Mount Jefferson View Motel and Cabins Classic, adorable, full service little cabins, colorful and reminiscent of the 1950's. All remodeled, plus, a pool! Motel rooms available, too, Bike-friendly!! Located on Route 2, right at the intersection with Valley Road, close to the trail. NOTE: There are no restaurants or stores close by... If you don't have car with you, or even if you do, ...BRING YOUR OWN FOOD and happily cook in the kitchen-equipped cabins or use the outdoor grill. Before you arrive at the motel/cabins, you could pick up and pack groceries from the Whitefield Market (right on the xNHAT route, traveling eastward), or at convenience store/gas station in Gorham (off the trail about a mile, if traveling westward). NEW!!!! Good News! The staff will assist you in getting food... When you make your reservations tell them you are on your bikes. They will have you call them a few days before you arrive and they will pick up some groceries for you. Also, there is an Uber-like delivery service that can deliver your food to you! Order from a restaurant in GORHAM that offers take-out, call or text the delivery service and the driver will pick up your food and deliver it to you for $20: "Berlin Delivers" 603-450-FOOD, www.berlindelivers.com, or R.A.L. Delivery: 603-915-1128
Inn at Bowman A B&B with unexpected elegance near the height of land of the Cross NH Adventure Trail. The Bowman Inn is a member of the "North Country Welcomes Bicyclists" program, which means they have tools and an air pump, inside safe storage for your bike and a hose to wash the mud and dirt off the bike (and you too, if need be). Enjoy a suite and the pool and hot tub. The inn is located near the Bowman parking lot on Route 2, close to the trail. When exiting the parking lot at Bowman (also known as the Castle Trail parking lot) onto route 2, be very careful of traffic, cross the road and head left (west) about 0.4 mile to the B&B. NOTE: As mentioned above, there are no restaurants or stores close by. You will have a fabulous breakfast at the Inn, prepared by Jerry and Rich, but dinner needs to be planned ahead of time. NEW!!!! Good News! There is an Uber-like delivery service that Jerry has sourced that can deliver your food to you! Order from a restaurant in GORHAM that offers take-out, call or text the delivery service and the driver will pick up your food and deliver it to you for $20: "Berlin Delivers" 603-450-FOOD, www.berlindelivers.com, or R.A.L. Delivery:603-915-1128. Otherwise, before you arrive at the Inn, you could pick up food/beverage at the Whitefield Market (traveling eastward, right on the xNHAT route), or at convenience store/gas station in Gorham (traveling westward, off the trail about a mile).
Gorham There are lots of options in Gorham, these are good for cyclists:
Unique Accommodations in Gorham, 0.5 mile north of the trail, next to Moose Brook State Park. Rustic lodge and on-site yurt and tent glamping. The owners, Jason and Kara, are active cyclists and are part of the Coos Cycling Club. They welcome and take good care of cyclists, regardless of how muddy! They have a bike stand, pump and tools for maintenance of your trusty steed.
Moose Brook State Park Campground
In Gorham, nice campground, only about 0.5 mile off the trail. Good trails for mountain biking or hiking, nice pond for swimming.
Moose Brook Motel
Located across from the Presidential Rail Trail on Route 2 in Gorham. Get off the trail at the large rail trail parking lot adjacent to Route 2. The parking lot has a fence around it with an entrance for ATVs on the eastern end and an opening in the center area for bikes and pedestrians. The Moose Brook Motel is on Route 2, east of the parking lot, 0.5 mile in the downhill direction from the parking lot, on the south side of Route 2.
Libby House Inn Bed and Breakfast and and Barn Hostel
A classic Victorian Bed and Breakfast. There is also has a barn renovated into a Hostel, popular with hikers. The Libby House is located at the eastern end of Gorham's Main Street at the Intersection of Routes 2 and 16, about 2.5 miles off of the xNHAT, close to all the restaurants and amenities of the Town of Gorham. Get there via a hard packed dirt access road that starts across from the rail trail parking lot on Route 2 at a gate. Go downhill about 1.5 mile on this multimodal trail until you cross railroad tracks and intersect with the main road, Route 16/2, Take a right. Go east about a mile on a wide shoulder past all the businesses (including a cafe and ice cream shop). Just past the park, on the corner of Route 2 and 16 is the Libby House Inn.
Town and Country Inn and Resort
Located about a mile east of the center of Gorham, the Town and Country has many rooms, a good restaurant and bar. They have packages available for lodging, breakfast and dinner. Follow the directions above for access to the Libby House. Pass the Libby House and just keep going east on Route 2 about 0.5 mile and the Town and Country will be on your right. After your stay at the T&C, it may be tempting to bike route 2 to North Road. Please return to Gorham and the rail trail to access Hogan Road . Biking eastward on Route 2 is NOT recommended due to no shoulder, 50 mph speed limit and big trucks and campers. Hogan Road is a delightful experience in the woods along the river, not to be missed!
Lots more are on Main Street (Route 16/2): Also liked by cyclists: Mt Madison Inn and Suites
Rattle River Lodge and Hostel
Located in Shelburne at the intersection of Route 2 and North Road, on the south side of the Androscoggin River. This is a favorite of AT hikers since it is right on the trail. From the xNHAT it is located at the western end of North Road, near the Hogan road intersection. It is less than mile from the route. Head south on North Road, crossing the dam and railroad tracks and go up to Route 2. You have a choice of dormitory or B&B accommodations, or you can camp. You will have plenty of adventure stories to share with the guests. Shuttle services are available for hikers, they can likely shuttle you, your friends and your bike, just ask. You can park your car here for multiple nights while you explore the rest of the xNHAT.
Philbrook Farm Inn
Right on the route on North Road in Shelburne. Classic, picturesque inn on the National Register of Historic Places. Breakfast and dinner are included in the accommodations. New England charm, peaceful, quiet, nice view from the front porch for apres-bike festivities.
Located a bit off the route on Route 2, nice shady, wooded tent sites.
Evans Notch Lodge
If you have a family or a group, the Evans Notch Lodge offers cabins and shared space exclusively for you! It is located easily from the trail off of North Road by crossing the iron bridge over the Androscoggin River and biking about a mile to Rotes 113, Evans Notch Road. Spend an extra day there and bike up Evans Notch (paved, quiet, wooded) and/or Wild River Road (dirt and scenic).
A forest service campground located on Route 113, Evans Notch Road. Pit toilets and a water pump. Quiet and remote.
Bethel, Maine Many lodgings available in Bethel, it is a ski town in the winter, here are just a few options:
Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground
Right on the trail in Bethel, also right on the Androscoggin River. Great food nearby. The BAC rents canoes and kayaks, and provides shuttle service for excellent full and half day down-river adventure trips. Stay here for a night or 2 and park your car while you head out to enjoy the Cross New Hampshire Trail for a few days or a week.
The Bethel Inn
Located in the village of Bethel, this elegant inn hosts golf and mountain biking during the summer and xc-skiing and fat biking in the winter. They are bike friendly and promote road and mountain biking. There are mountain bike trails right out of the inn.
Holiday House B&B
Beautiful, classic New England B&B in the village.
Mountain Village Lodge
Right near the trail and restaurants. Classic New England lodge accommodations..
Inn at the Rostay
www.facebook.com/Maple-Leaf-Motel-118569648184404/Another inn right near the trail and restaurants. Next to the Smoking Good BBQ and The Good Food Store
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