IMPORTANT UPDATE: All trails at Manchester Cedar Swamp EXCEPT for the Woodland Loop Trail are now closed for construction until further notice. This is to provide excavation access for the loop portion of the All Persons Trail. We ask, if you choose to visit the Woodland Loop, that you please respect all signage, fencing and closures. Also, a reminder that dogs are not allowed at this preserve. Please leave your four-legged friends at home! Thanks, as always, for your cooperation and support.
ABOUT PARKING: There are three parking spaces currently available. If visiting, please follow the orange temporary fence to the open trails. Please stay on designated open trails ONLY and do not attempt to walk or explore the All Persons Trail, currently under construction. Respect all additional fences, signage and closures. Also, a reminder that dogs are not permitted at this preserve. Please leave your four-legged friends at home!
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!