I’m much obliged to reader Steve for bringing Manchester Cedar Swamp to my attention. This Nature Conservancy property straddles the line between Hooksett and Manchester, New Hampshire, not far from Hackett Hill Road. Among its features is the giant rhododendron, which happens to be a July bloomer. (Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam is another great spot. The park’s web site says peak bloom there is just fading.)
Parking is in a well-marked spot on Countryside Boulevard, 0.4 miles from Hackett Hill Road. Bring your bug repellent and enjoy the walk. Three interconnected loop trails total 1.8 miles.
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No need to post this comment but how was the trash level there this time? I spent about a half hour last time picking up broken glass near the trailhead. It seemed to be a local hangout. Glad you enjoyed the hike – looks like you timed it well.
No mess at all, which surprised me once I saw how close the property is to a thickly-settled area.
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