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Kimball Reserve - Southeast Land Trust of NH

The Kimball Reserve is perfect for a short leisurely walk, snowshoeing or ungroomed cross-country skiing. Trails on the property also connect to the Jolly Rand Trail and RiverWoods.
Trail Activity
0.6 miles, Network
Exeter (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt


Red trail: From the parking area, follow a short connector trail east to the Jolly Rand Trail which lies just outside of the eastern boundary line of the property. This 1.3 mile long ancient cart path goes from Pickpocket Road to Brentwood Road (Route 111-A). Side trails connect to Blackford Drive and Exeter West Condominiums.

Pennell Path leaves the Jolly Rand Trail about 500 feet north of the parking lot connector trail. It parallels the northerly boundary line and crosses two small streams before exiting the property at a stone wall marking the boundary line with RiverWoods.

The Blue Trail loops off of the Pennell Path and provides a nice overlook of the small pond.

Other Information

Martha Pennell donated this 13-acre parcel to the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) in 2014. It is named in honor of Martha’s aunt, Emma Kimball, from whom she received the land.The Kimball family has deep roots in this area tracing back to Reverend John Wheelwright, the founding father of Exeter.

The family home still stands on Pickpocket Road and this is the last remaining portion of Kimball Farm which included extensive acreage in this general area. Portions of the land near the parking area and along the Jolly Rand Trail were used as a Victory Garden during the Second World War. Two small streams flow through the property into Pennell Pond located in the southwest corner of the reserve. The woodland is largely composed of a beautiful mix of oaks and shagbark hickories.

This donation would not have been possible without generous support from RiverWoods at Exeter and nearly 100 private donors. These gifts will support the long-term stewardship of this community open space.

  • Leave no trace. Please carry out what you carry in.
  • Respect the privacy of our neighbors.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Hunting is allowed. Be aware of hunting seasons.
  • Dogs are welcome, but must remain under the control of owners. Please carry a leash, leash aggressive dogs, and pick up after your pet.
  • The following uses are not permitted:
    • Camping
    • Fires
    • Target shooting
    • Trapping
    • Wheeled motorized vehicles

Trail Manager

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire is a membership-based, non-profit whose mission is to protect and sustain the significant lands in our communities for clean water, outdoor recreation, fresh food, wildlife, and healthy forests. SELT works in the 52 communities of southeastern New Hampshire to voluntarily conserve special places for the public benefit through conservation easements and ownerships. Once land is conserved, SELT ensures the conservation goals are met through our landowner easement stewardship program and through sustainable management of SELT-owned lands. Join as a member or volunteer today!

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Southeast Land Trust

Southeast Land Trust
6 Center Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Phone: 603.778.6088
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

A small parking area and kiosk are located off Pickpocket Road in Exeter near its junction with Route 111.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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