Doe Woods

Area:  Doe Woods
Region:  NH - Southeast  
Seacoast Region
Location:  Durham, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Features:  River, wetlands, island
Distance:  2.5 miles  
Hiking Time:  Typical: 1:15  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 2:30  
Season:  Variable
Author:  Phil Blampied

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

Trail Guide   

A deep woods preserve lying safely isolated between the Lamprey River and the railroad tracks, this 80-acre forest was donated to Durham over a century ago by an early farming family. This river-side woodland of mature forest, wetlands, and river coves offers a good hour or two of strolling and exploring.

A well-marked trail parallels the railroad tracks for a time, and then goes through the middle of the woods to the riverbank, passing by the small, ancient Doe family cemetery on the way. Past the riverbank, trails are less well established, but, using the river as your guide, it's easy to orient yourself to continue deeper into the property. In late summer and winter, cross a narrow strip of land to Moat Island. (In spring, the island is cut off by high water).

NH - Southeast

  Driving Directions   

  • Take Rt. 108 north from Newmarket or south from Durham to the intersection with Bennett Road (about midway between both towns).
  • Turn right if you're southbound, left if you're northbound.
  • Follow Bennett about a mile to the bridge over the railroad.
  • Just before the bridge, there's a small driveway on the left, leading down to a parking area.
  • The trail is at the bottom of the parking lot, just before the railroad tracks.

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