Manchester Cedar Swamp Trail

Manchester, NH
Length: 1.80 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy, encompasses one of the largest cedar swamps in the state. In addition to the swamp, the hiking trails of the preserve also include a scenic woodland walk and a loop through a rhododendron grove. This hike will take you through all of these wonderful features. The hike starts on the woodland loop. Going counterclockwise, the trail winds through a pretty oak and pine forest to the Cedar Loop, the main feature of the property. The Cedar Loop takes you through the swamp on a boardwalk. Inside the swamp, you will find many beautiful and rare plants, such as mountain laurel, winterberry, and Atlantic White Cedar trees. There is much open water and soggy ground in the swamp. The boardwalk makes a short loop and ends back at the Woodland Loop. Continuing on the trail, you will next reach the Rhododendron Loop. This trail leads over a small stream and through a power line clearing twice before splitting into a loop at a beautiful rhododendron grove. Most of the bushes are far off the trail, but there are many up close to enjoy. After completing the loop, return to the woodland loop and continue back to the parking area.

Trail Information and Pictures provided by NH Family Hikes

Additional Information can be found at the Nature Conservancy Site

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail is on one of the largest cedar swamps in New Hampshire. Trail goes throughout swamp area with boardwalks and has diverse foliage.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Trailhead and parking area are on Countryside Boulevard The parking area is on the left, marked by a Nature Conservancy kiosk.

Trail Contributor

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Trail Map

Getting There

Trailhead and parking area are on Countryside Boulevard in Manchester, NH. To get there, take Hackett Hill Road from the west side of Rt. 3A, 1.2 miles south of Rt. 93 at exit 10 and 1.4 miles north of Rt. 293 at exit 7. In 0.8 miles down the road, turn left onto Countryside Boulevard. The parking area is on the left in 0.5 miles, marked by a Nature Conservancy kiosk.