Manchester Cedar Swamp is currently closed to accommodate construction and heavy machinery for the All Persons Trail. We'll let you know when it's back open! Stay tuned.
Please take note that the trailhead and parking area at our Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve are closed to visitors. This closure is necessary in order to accommodate the staging of materials and movement of heavy equipment for the construction of the All Persons Trail. The closure will ensure the safety of the workers, their equipment, and YOU. We'll let you know when you can visit the preserve safely!
Please be advised that temporary closures will continue to occur throughout the summer to accommodate excavation and construction of the All Persons Trail. In addition to this new universally accessible trail, the improvements will include expanded parking, accessible parking spots and a bus stop. We'll do our very best to announce closures and openings here and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thank you for your understanding and support of this incredible project.Welcome to Manchester Cedar Swamp!
New Hampshire’s largest 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.
Curious visitors who follow the preserve’s easily accessible and well-maintained 1.8-mile trail system will 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 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!