College Woods, Durham
University of New Hampshire, Durham NH
College Woods is a property of The University of New Hampshire. Its 250 acres were donated to the university in 1891 and originally provided the school with a ready source of lumber for the construction of many of the campus' older buildings. More recently a portion of the "Woods" has been preserved as a natural sturdy area.
The trails in College Woods are very well maintained. They are mostly flat and are non-technical in nature.
Riding in College Woods is a really fun experience, perfect on a hot sweaty summer day when the cool of the woods will provide you with a refreshing breeze as you ride beneath the dense forest cover. You'll find miles of rolling woods roads; some mostly smooth singletracks and you'll see lots of people out on the trails. Expect to loop around a lot. There are about 9 miles of trails, but to explore them all you'll have to do a lot of repeats.
The main water supply for the UNH campus is located in a dammed section of the Oyster River. A trail runs beside this reservoir and a newly constructed wooden bridge crosses it.
From route 4 take Route 155A south towards Durham/UNH. Go right on College Road after 1.2 miles. Turn right on Colovos Road, go under the bridge and turn left. Park at the trailhead at the Waterworks Road intersection.
You will see a lot of people out on these trails. And a lot of unleashed dogs. Slow down, or stop, and say "Hi!".
By Bill Boles