Seacoast New Hampshire is about to get greener, thanks to a crucial purchase last week.

As a cycling enthusiast, it's news I've been really excited about. Everyone heaps praise on the trail system in the White Mountains, and deservedly so. However, an overlooked area of the state is the seacoast. While there is lots of great riding, there's also a ton of traffic. Thanks to a purchase of 9.6 miles of old railroad, cyclists will have access to a premium stretch of land in the seacoast area of the state. 

According to Greeway.org, New Hampshire has agreed to develop a crucial piece of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, a multi-use trail stretching from Maine to Florida. Currently, the Granite State is lacking in percentage of completion. However, once completed, the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway section will be a 17-mile off-road, multi-use greenway connecting seven communities from Portsmouth to Seabrook

“This is a big milestone for the Greenway effort in New Hampshire. It brings the full length of the Hampton Branch into public ownership and sets the stage for construction of our first big stretch of trail from Hampton town center north to Portsmouth,” according to Scott Boole, Senior Transportation Planner with the Rockingham Planning Commission