Southeast of Gorham, the Highwater Trail provides for a more challenging and longer mountain bike rides than the Hastings Trail. Beginning at the swinging bridge at Hastings head southwest on the Highwater Trail. The terrain on this 8.9 mile trail varies from flat to quite steep in some sections. There are a number of stream crossings that must be walked across.
There are a number of possible loop mountain bike rides available on this route. You can cross Wild River at the swinging bridge near Moriah Brook or the wooden bridge at the junction of the Highwater and Wild River Trails. In both of these cases you can return to the Hastings parking lot via the Wild River Trail and Wild River Road. The Highwater Trail follows Wild River for much of the 8.9 miles offering many scenic viewing opportunities, particularly during the fall foliage season.
The Highwater Trail runs south from the swing bridge near Hastings to the intersection with the Wild River Trail. For a longer route, continue south on the Wild River Trail to the East Branch Trail. Then continue south on the East Branch Trail all the way to the end at Slippery Brook Road (aka Town Hall Road).
To reach the Hastings trailhead from Gorham, head east on US2 to SR113. Turn right heading south on SR113 to Hastings. Turn right on dirt road along the Wild River. The trailhead parking is on the right.
Overall, Highwater Trail is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 24 mountain biking rides in New Hampshire.