The 87-acre Doe Farm was bequeathed to the Town of Durham by Olinthus N. Doe upon his death in 1909.
From the parking lot, a woods road leads past a metal gate, to a clearing that also serves as a log landing during forest management operations. An information kiosk provides a trail map and more information about the property. Doe Farm is tucked between Bennett Road to the north and the Lamprey River to the south. It offers a network of beautiful 3+ mile network of woodland trails that lead to and along the Lamprey River and its backwaters. The property’s 3,000 feet of shoreline helps protect the water quality of the Wild & Scenic Lamprey River.
Doe Farm is an upland forest with a mix of red oak, white pine, red pine and Norway spruce plantations. Small streams and seepages drain in a southeasterly direction toward the Lamprey River. Pockets of shrub wetlands and floodplain forest are found along the stream drainages and along the Lamprey River. Periodic timber harvests and invasive plant control help maintain a healthy forest.
In 2019, volunteers helped brush out trails, build bridges, and blaze trails. Doe Farm is one of Durham's gems.
The town of Durham also has a trail map on their website.
For more information visit the Doe Farm website or contact:
From Durham Town Hall follow NH-108 south 1.4 miles, then turnright (west) on Bennett Road for about 0.8 miles. The property is past the LaRoche Farm and just before the railroad bridge. Parking is in a gravel lot on the south side of Bennett Road. The trail begins just beyond the gated woods road, near the railroad track.
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