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There are two ways to reach the parking area, off Packers Falls Road:

  • From Route 155A (Mast Road) turn onto Packer's Falls Road. Follow Packer's Falls Road 1.1 miles until you see a dirt road with a gate on your left. Turn in and park in front of the gate. If you reach Mill Road, you have gone too far.
  • From downtown Durham, take Mill Road all the way to the end (approximately 2.5 miles). Turn right onto Packers Falls Road. Almost immediately you will see a dirt road with a gate on your right. Turn in and park in front of the gate. If you see a trailer park or Jenkins Road on your left, you have gone too far.

Description

The 171±-acre Oyster River Forest (previously known as the Sprucewood Forest) is owned by the Town of Durham. Consisting of both woods and fields, it is located approximately three miles from the center of town. Boundaries of the property include Mill Road to the south and southeast and the UNH College Woods to the northeast, and on the west it abuts the Spruce Hole Bog and Spruce Hole Conservation Area off Packers Falls Road. A small amount of parking is located near a gate off Packers Falls Road.

Trail Manager

For more information, contact the Town of Durham:

Town of Durham Conservation Commission
8 Newmarket Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603)868-5571

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