Massacre Woods

Area:  Massacre Woods
Region:  NH - Southeast  
Seacoast Region
Location:  Rye, NH
Rating:  Easy  
Distance:  Short  
Elevation Gain:  Minimal  
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   

The site of a 17th-century burial ground with victims of an Indian attack is now a 46-acre town conservation area. This historical site, restored through the efforts of Boy Scouts and the Conservation Commission, offers a short hike through attractive woodlands, including a stand of mature Red Spruce. There are some marshy areas, but some of these have been planked over for hikers.

NH - Southeast

  Driving Directions   

The entry to the woods is on Brackett Road which is accessed off Washington Road.

  • From Rt. 1, turn at Lang Road (on the east side of Rt. 1), which intersects Rt. 1 at the Charter Foods gas station/convenience store.
  • Follow Lang two miles to its end at the intersection of Washington Road.
  • Turn left at the stop sign and continue, bearing right to stay on Washington Road.
  • About a mile from the intersection of Lang and Washington Roads will be Brackett Road on the left-hand side of the street.
  • Turn down Brackett Road and look for the sign marking the "Bracket-Massacre Burial Ground 1691" and the ancient gravestones. The site is opposite #605 Brackett Road.

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