HELP KEEP THIS PRESERVE OPEN. Lubberland Creek Preserve is currently experiencing an increased amount of use during this time. Please keep your distance and stay at least 6 feet apart from other people and do not gather in groups per CDC guidelines for social distancing. Please remember that leashed dogs are permitted only on the Sweet Trail. If you find the trailhead parking area full, please seek an alternate location for your hike, or return at a less busy time.
It is easy to leave behind the feel of civilization in the Lubberland Creek Preserve in Newmarket. Nickname of Great Bay’s northern shore as early as 1669, “lubberland” is thought to have been a term used by sailors to describe the “land-loving” farmers along the shoreline.
Today, much of the landscape has changed from farms to forest, and the Lubberland Creek Preserve is a remarkable natural area where visitors can see a mosaic of estuarine, grassland, forest and freshwater wetland habitats, as well as relics of its agricultural past.
The preserve’s trails explore a mix of streams, swampy wetlands, grasslands, and dry forested uplands pocked with vernal pools. Rare Blanding’s turtles and spotted salamanders use the vernal pools while the wetlands support beaver, osprey and great blue herons. The preserve also contains one of the largest salt marshes in the Great Bay Estuary providing visitors with great birding opportunities and expansive views of Great Bay.
Recently, TNC worked with the town of Newmarket to replace an old culvert along Lubberland Creek that was contributing to flooding and preventing fish like the American eel from completing their migration.