Right from the start, it follows the shores of Massabesic Lake, just outside Manchester, New Hampshire. It's not unusual to see sailboats tagging along with trail users like floating angels guarding your journey toward the ocean.
But before you begin that journey, you must take care of some logistics.
1. To find the trail, jump on Hwy. 101 heading NE out of Manchester. Then, not far out of town, you'll find Hwy. 28. Take that road going south. Shortly after passing through a roundabout, you'll come to the Massabesic Lake boat launch. The best parking lot is actually at the recreation fields across Hwy 28 from the lake. However, most of the parking around here is from dusk to dawn, so make sure you don't arrive too early and don't get off the trail too late.
If you park in the recreation/softball fields parking lot, the trail starts right across the street and hugs the northern shore of the lake for awhile. Most of the trail, including this first part, is very shady. The good news is that, in addition to providing shade, the dense tree cover protects trail-users from light rain showers. The bad news is that even for quite awhile after a rainstorm, water continues to drip off the trees, and the drops tend to be large and cold, so come prepared w/ some type of head cover such as a hood or a shower cap to put over your helmet.