Hikers and explorers abound year round in several lovely pockets around Exeter. Henderson-Swasey also known as Fort-Rock is a popular mountain biking mecca in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts region. Winter brings skier and snowshoers alike into the woods, and year round you can find families and dog walkers going for casual strolls. Take a look at an overview of the trails HERE. Please take a look below to see details on a few very special properties that you will love!
Henderson-Swasey Town Forest
The Henderson-Swasey Town Forest is a 220-acre area of conservation lands managed by the Exeter Conservation Commission. The property was originally conserved in the 1970s with additional parcels added over the years. In 1991, by vote of the residents of Exeter, the land was officially designated as a Town Forest, giving it special allowances under NH Revised Statutes 31:112. The forest spans the area south of Route 101 between Commerce Drive and Newfields Road (Rte. 85) near the rail-road trestle underpass. Several trails cross onto private property and rely on permission from the landowners.
McDonnell Conservation Area
McDonnell and White’s Meadow Conservation Area is a 34.7 acre grouping of 5 conservation parcels that follow along the Exeter River east of Linden Street to Court Street. This grouping of protected properties is a complex variety of important natural habitats. Together they provide real life examples of the state of flux our natural environment is in. This portion of the Exeter River is a sinuous, fairly wide and slow flowing river.