Granite State Rail Bikes

Enjoy a 5-mile round trip Rail Bike ride along the shores of Lake Winnisquam, New Hampshire’s 4th largest lake! Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your departure time. 

All of our Rail Bikes are Four (4) seaters. When you rent One (1) Rail Bike, you get all Four (4) seats. Please make sure you read all the Terms & Conditions below. The most important are:

  • Minimum height for all rail bike riders is 48 inches (4 feet).
  • Maximum allowable weight per person is 250 pounds.
  • Closed-toed shoes must be worn while on the rail bikes. (bare feet, sandals & flip-flops are not permitted)

Price: $159.49 per Rail Bike (1-4 riders)

Trip Duration: 90 minutes

What to expect on your Rail Bike Tour:

  • Arrive at the Laconia Railroad Station 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
  • Sign safety waiver and attend safety meeting.
  • Depart Laconia Station southbound with the group.
  • You’ll stay close together with the other Rail Bikes around you as we make our way out of downtown.
  • We have four (4) road crossings in the first half mile of the trip. At each one, the group will stop and one of your tour guides will stop motorist traffic. We will then make our way over each crossing as a group.
  • Once we safely cross the last road crossing. All of the Rail Bikes in our group will stop. Your tour guides will start sending each Rail Bike one at a time. Allowing a few hundred feet between each individual Bike. 
  • You’ll now have two (2) miles at your own pace. Please slow down if you start to approach the group in front of you. No tailgating! 
  • Now, you’ll pedal your Rail Bike through the Belmont Woods and along the shore of Lake Winnisquam!
  • At the end of the two (2) miles, you’ll be greeted by your tour guides as you arrive at our southern rest area. Here, you’ll be able to relax on wooden benches along the shore of the Lake. Your tour guides will spin your Rail Bike around, preparing it for the journey back north. Make sure to bring a snack and a bottle of water! We sell snacks, Gatorade and water in our gift-shop! – Starbucks Coffee also!
  • Once the last Rail Bike in the group arrives at the southern rest area, we’ll wait about 10 minutes before heading back north to Laconia Station.
  • We’ll do the same process on the way back! You’ll be spread out from other Rail Bikes on our way back from the southern rest area to downtown Laconia. Then we’ll cross the same road crossings again as a group.

The Lakes Region’s most exciting Scenic RailRider Experience! Our Scenic Rail Bikes offer the most breathtaking views of Lake Winnisquam. Enjoy the fresh air of New Hampshire while pedaling one of our custom-made Rail Bikes out of the city and along the lake.

Exploring the rails with Granite State Rail Bikes!

Enjoy the beauty and history of New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region as you and your family or friends pedal our custom-made rail bikes along a rail line that dates back to 1848. Your 5-mile round-trip rail bike adventure will begin and end at the historic Laconia Railroad Station in Veterans Square which opened in 1892 and operated until in the late 1960’s.

Our route takes you past the site of the former Laconia Car Company which built rail cars from 1844 to 1928, then over a trestle bridge crossing the Winnipesaukee River and Durkee Brook before reaching the shore of Lake Winnisquam – New Hampshire’s 4th largest lake. The terrain you’ll cover is primarily flat and your excursion is both relaxing & enjoyable for most everyone.

 

 

 

Safety is paramount at Granite State Rail Bikes, so all of our guided tours have trained guides at the front and rear of each group, as well as a flagger at all road crossings. Riders are spread out during the tours, usually with a couple hundred feet between each rail bike, which allows riders to enjoy the experience and the views at their own pace. The front and rear guides will assist where needed to help ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience.

TERMS & CONDITIONS / SAFETY: 

  • Please plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Those arriving late for a scheduled ride will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Know your limits. If you suspect that riding with Granite State Rail Bikes could put your health at risk for any reason, or could aggravate a pre-existing medical condition of any kind, please let our staff know. It is your responsibility to advise us of any medical condition or physical disability which requires any special treatment or attention for any members of your group.
  • Parents / guardians are responsible for their minors and must ensure that they follow the instructions of the Granite State Rail Bikes staff.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an older rider – infants and toddlers are not permitted on rail bikes and car seats are not allowed to be used.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to operate the brakes on the rail bikes.
  • Minimum height for all rail bike riders is 48 inches (4 feet).
  • Maximum allowable weight per person is 250 pounds.
  • Closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times while on the rail bikes. (bare feet, sandals & flip-flops are not permitted)
  • Pets are not permitted on Rail Bikes and cannot be left at Granite State Rail Bikes.
  • Comfortable/loose fitting clothing is highly recommended.
  • Don’t forget to bring a camera, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate outerwear based on the weather forecast (hats, windbreakers, rain gear, etc.). Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Please make sure your belongings are safely secured. If you drop something on the track, do not stop or get off the Rail Bike – the item will be recovered for you by Granite State Rail Bikes staff.
  • Do not get off the rail bike at any time during the guided tour, and keep your feet on the pedals at all times.
  •  Always keep your safety belt fastened while on the rail bike.
  • Rail Bike riders must follow the instructions of Granite State Rail Bikes staff at all times.
  • Granite State Rail Bikes is a smoke-free environment. Smoking/vaping is not permitted at any time on the guided tours or on Granite Rail Bikes property.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet between yourself and the rail bike in front of you. It is your responsibility to maintain a safe distance from the rail bike ahead. Do not tailgate!
  • During our Rail Bike tours, guests must conduct themselves in a way that is respectful of the privacy and security of adjacent homeowners and other rail bike riders.
  • Every Granite State Rail Bikes guest accepts a legal and moral obligation to act responsibly on the tour as listed in the above Granite State Rail Bikes Terms & Conditions.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS:
  • Please note that shortly after you make your reservation online, you will receive an automated E-mail from us confirming your purchase. You can either print this confirmation at home or show the E-mail to our staff at Granite State Rail Bikes using your cell phone or tablet when you check in – this will serve as your ticket.
  • Our 5-mile round-trip Rail Bike Tours take approximately one hour and twenty minutes to one hour and fifty minutes to complete, depending on the group.
  • Rail bike tours run rain or shine – as long as we feel it’s not a dangerous situation. Please check the weather before leaving and dress appropriately. If you have questions regarding the weather, or you would like to re-schedule your ride, please call Granite State Rail Bikes at (603) 348-1131.
  • All sales are final.

As Seen On NH Chronicle!

Granite State Rail Bikes was featured on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle the week of August 1st 2022!

We can accommodate special trips for larger groups. Trip departure times and length of tours can be customized for your group outing. Picnic lunch trips also available.

If you are interested in a group outing, please call us at (603) 348-1131 (For groups renting 5 Rail Bikes or more)

 

If you’re looking for lodging in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region while you’re here for your Granite State Rail Bikes, be sure to visit the Lakes Region Tourism Association for all your lodging needs.

Granite State Rail Bikes

Laconia Railroad Station

15 Veterans Square

Laconia, NH 03246

(603) 348-1131

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