Getting Outdoors Around Durham

Durham’s unique location between rivers, bays, and farms means there is no shortage of beautiful outdoor areas around UNH. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the last of the nice weather and get outside before winter comes. Grab some friends, layer up, and head out for a walk on one of these scenic trails…

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College Woods | Photo by Charlotte Harris ’18

College Woods

Chances are you’ve heard of College Woods, UNH’s own sixty-acre preserve located on the west side of campus. There are a few different places to access the woods from campus. I like to use the map feature on the UNH app to navigate through the trails as I go but you can also look at this map ahead of time. Make sure to find your way to Oyster River!

Kingman Farm

Kingman Farm is used for horticultural research by COLSA students, but it also has some scenic walking trails. It’s located just 2 miles from campus off of Route 155. Plan your route using this map.

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Gables Woods | Photo by Samantha Gorski ’16

Gables Woods

Behind the Gables apartment complex are some trails commonly used by UNH equestrians but open to anyone. The trails lead through fields, around the Durham Reservoir, and eventually end up at the UNH Observatory and Woodman Farm.

West Foss Farm

West Foss Farm is a UNH-owned property used for research and educational purposes, but it also has some walking and running trails. It can be accessed off of Mill Road. Use this map to help find your way.

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Adams Point | Photo by Charlotte Harris ’18

Adams Point

If you have a car on campus, I recommend making the drive down to Adams Point, a scenic spot overlooking Great Bay. It’s about a 15 minutes drive off campus, down Durham Point Road off of Route 108. The trails offer water views and plenty of nature to observe.

Sweet Trail

Durham’s Sweet Trail can be accessed from Longmarsh Road off of Route 108. The trail winds through forest, wetlands, and even a tidal salt marsh.

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Wagon Hill Farm | Photo by Charlotte Harris ’18

Wagon Hill Farm

Wagon Hill Farm is a popular spot for UNH students since it is so close to campus and provides beautiful views of Oyster River as it flows into the Piscataqua. Wagon Hill is right off of Route 4 just a few miles from campus.


If you’re a runner, check out this guide to running on some of these trails!

What’s your favorite outdoor spot around campus? Tweet us @UNHStudents or Snapchat us a picture!