Getting to Know Goffstown

When we talk about the reasons we love living in New Hampshire, with its amazing combination of urban and rural communities that provide the best mix of all the things that make New England great…well, the little town of Goffstown fits the bill.

With a population of under 20,000, Goffstown sits directly to the west of the state’s largest city, Manchester. There are two sections: the historic downtown area referred to as the Village, and the newer, more commercial district closest to Manchester known as Pinardville. The location makes Goffstown a perfect community for those who might prefer “country living” without sacrificing easy access to what Manchester has to offer.

First, it’s a college town. Goffstown is home to St. Anselm College, a private liberal arts school with a beautiful campus over hundreds of acres. The Dana Center showcases performing arts events open to the public. Also associated with St. A.’s is the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, which hosts presidential candidates every four years, including the primary election debates, as well as other prominent politicians delivering policy speeches. The Institute is recognized as playing a major role in American politics, no matter the party affiliation.

Foodies don’t have to venture far from town for a great meal in Goffstown. Putnam’s Waterview Restaurant and The Village Trestle are popular spots for dinners out. Try The Bagg Lunch for a great breakfast and midday craving of delicious diner food and more. One of the newest restaurants serving breakfast and lunch in Goffstown is White Birch Eatery gaining a fast reputation as the place for fresh seasonal ingredients.

Goffstown also provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Its rail trail is on the list of “Top 10 Rail Trails in New Hampshire.” Spanning about five and a half miles, the trail is generally flat and perfect for all ages and activity levels. Walking, running, and biking are encouraged, and dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. You’ll enjoy scenic views of Glen Lake and the Piscataquog River along the way.

For more of a hike, head to the Uncanoonuc Mountains. North Mountain is known for moderate hiking with a trail of about a mile, while South mountain is considered an easier hike of nearly two and a half miles.

With everything so close, Goffstown sounds like the kind of place to consider making a home.