Wagon Hill Farm

Wagon Hill Farm

Wagon Hill Farm is a 139-acre property owned by the Town of Durham, located 3 miles east of downtown along Route 4.  An historic wooden wagon at the top of the hill, overlooking the highway, is a local landmark recognized far and wide among Seacoast residents, UNH students, and tourists alike.  The property was acquired by the town in 1989 "to preserve its scenic vistas, provide for future municipal purposes and preserve open space in order to provide for a healthful and attractive outdoor environment for work and recreation, and to conserve land, water, forest and wildlife resources."  


What You'll Find at Wagon Hill:

The property has a small public parking area (12 cars), a portable toilet, a variety of trails, and is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.  Popular activities include walking, kayaking, dog-walking (see rules, below), and sledding and snowshoeing in the winter.  Summer concerts, the annual Durham Day festival, weddings and picnics are all held at this special town site.  

The property includes a mowed shoreline overlooking Great Bay with a small man-made sandy beach, along with many acres of grassland habitats, mowed trails, oak forests, old apple orchards, and over 60 community garden plots that have been added since 2009. 


Rules for Dog Owners

Dog-walking is a popular activity at Wagon Hill Farm, but owners are required to follow rules to ensure the enjoyment of this property by all visitors and the cleanliness of waters in Great Bay:

  1. Dogs must be on leash at all times except between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. daily, when they must be under voice control by owners.
  2. Fines of up to $150 may be charged for violating ordinance 2001-10, Durham's "leash law."
  3. Owners are responsible for proper removal of dog droppings, a pollutant to the Bay as well as a nuisance to other visitors. A pet waste station and trash cans are provided to assist with this.

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Walking at Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, NH, September 2012Monarch butterfly habitat sign Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, NHBobolink habitat sign Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, NHSwallowtail butterfly at Wagon Hill Farm, Durham, NH