Please note that the seasonal toilet (aka the port-o-potty!) has been removed for the winter and will make its return in late spring. Please plan your visit accordingly! Also, a gentle and loving reminder that to ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors, as well as to protect the wildlife and rare habitat, dogs are not permitted at Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve. Licensed service dogs only are allowed on the All Persons Trail.
New Hampshire’s most populated city isn’t where most of us think of going to explore nature. But nature abounds here at the 640-acre Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve, the largest conservation area in the city—providing residents and visitors alike with opportunities for a peaceful escape, outdoor recreation and nature study close to home.
Visitors to this preserve will encounter 1.8 miles of trails, including the universally accessible Cedar Swamp All Persons Trail, featuring a spacious parking area, inclusive, informational signage, immersive interpretive points of interest, a non-gendered, family-friendly, ADA-compliant portable restroom, and an audio tour available in both English and Spanish. Along the way you'll find shady hemlock groves, giant rhododendron patches and the globally rare Atlantic white cedar swamps that are the preserve’s namesake. Mingling in are black gum, another long-lived tree species that occurs in the Manchester Cedar Swamp wetlands. Some of these trees are over 450 years old.
When you’re down on the accessible boardwalk in the cedar swamp, the stillness and sense of solitude can feel like a remote wilderness. Amazing to think that in 10 minutes’ time you can be off the trails and in downtown Manchester getting ready for your next adventure!