Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary

Area:  Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary
Trails:  Border Trail, Cove Trail, Clement's Point Trail
Region:  NH - Southeast  
Seacoast Region
Location:  Dover, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  River, marsh, estuary, loop hike
Distance:  1.5 miles  
Elevation Gain:  Minimal  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 0:45  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 2:00  
Season:  Variable
Last Updated:  04/08/2009  
Author:  Phil Blampied

Route Summary   

This hike will take you along the shore of Bellamy River, past creeks, and through woods.

  • Start on Border Trail which is blazed in yellow.
  • Upon reaching the first junction, bear left onto the red-blazed Cove Trail.
  • The trail will loop around and rejoin Border Trail at a point farther along than where you left it. Turn left to continue the hike deeper into the sanctuary.
  • Shortly you will reach another junction. Turn left onto Clement's Point Trail, also blazed in yellow.
  • Clement's Point Trail will loop around and end up back at same junction it started from.
  • Continue straight ahead to return to the parking area on the yellow-blazed Border Trail, ignoring the two legs of the red-blazed Cove Trail on the right.
 

Trail map of hike route at Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary (map by Ben Kimball)

 
  Trail Guide   

This information has been excerpted (with permission) from 20 Great Easy Woods Walks near Seacoast New Hampshire, by Phil Blampied, copyright 1999.

An extensive state-owned tract of land, with woods, fields and river front, lies off back roads in Dover, next to the Bellamy River. One of the larger public woodlands in the area, this is a 400-acre tract acquired by the state in 1990 and 1992, and now run by New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Walking here can take you across a variety of terrain, some of which is still farmed, some of which goes to and along the banks of the Bellamy. Due to its back road location, it's not very heavily used. A nice spot.
 
 


NH - Southeast

  Driving Directions   

The Bellamy River Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Dover, New Hampshire.

From Durham:
  • From the junction of Routes 4 and 108 in Durham, go 2.5 miles east on Rt. 4.
  • Turn north (left) at the traffic light onto Back River Road.
  • Travel 0.8 mile then turn right onto Bayview Road.
  • Half a mile down Bayview Road, bear left at a junction onto a dirt road and continue a quarter of a mile across the field to the small dirt parking area on the right.
  • There is space here for several vehicles.

From Spaulding Turnpike:
  • From Spauling Turnpike, take Exit 7 for Rt. 108 West.
  • Follow Rt. 108 West for barely 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Back River Road.
  • Follow Back River Road for about 3 miles, bearing left at 1.6 miles to stay on Back River Road, and then turn left onto Bayview Road.
  • Half a mile down Bayview Road, bear left at a junction onto a dirt road and continue a quarter of a mile across the field to the small dirt parking area on the right.
  • There is space here for several vehicles.

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