Oaklands Town Forest Trail Network

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This conserved forest hosts a network of trails used by hikers, mountain bikers, wildlife viewers, and hunters.
Trail Activity
Walking Mountain biking Hiking Ungroomed cross-country skiing
16.30 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Exeter (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Snow, Ungroomed
Permitted on leash
Other Activities


Oakland Town Forest is a conservation area managed for sustainable recreation purposes by the Exeter Conservation Commission. The trails are used primarily for hiking and mountain biking but allow any other type of non-motorized recreation. In the winter months, the trails are also used for snowshoeing and skiing, though they are not groomed. The uneven terrain contains numerous boulder and ledge outcrops. The mixed woodland is home to a variety of wildlife and includes a number of vernal pools and isolated wetlands. 

Hunting in season within the Oaklands Town Forest is permitted unless otherwise posted. All visitors should wear orange for safety during hunting seasons.

Other Information

Leashed dogs under their owners control are permitted. As a courtesy to others and out of respect to your trail system, please carry in-carry out all trash and clean up dog waste. 

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Exeter Conservation Commission trail page for more information and a printable map or contact:

Town of Exeter
Kristen Murphy
10 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Phone: 6037736112
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Respect trail closures.

Trailhead Information

From Main Street in Exeter, turn onto NH-85 North/Water Street/Newfields Road and continue for 1.7 miles. Turn left into the parking area where the trailhead is located. 

This is the main trailhead but there are other places to access the trails noted on the map. 

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