Sweet Trail

The Sweet Trail is a four-mile pedestrian trail located in the Crommet Creek Conservation Area, stretching from Longmarsh Road in Durham to the Great Bay Estuary in Newmarket. The Sweet Trail travels through lands protected, owned and managed by the town of Durham, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and private landowners. The lands were protected by the Great Bay Partnership.

A complete description and uses of the trail is described in the Sweet Trail Guide (PDF download).

In addition, the Appalachian Mountain Club provides a description of the trail, excerpted here (download PDF). Source: Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, 4th Edition. AMC’s Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails of Southern New Hampshire, Featuring Mount Monadnock and Mount Cardigan

map of Sweet Trail
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Map Information and Use: Most of the Partnership’s conservation lands allow for pedestrian, non-motorized, non-commercial outdoor recreational uses (i.e.: hiking, hunting, bird-watching). However, some conservation properties have public access restrictions.

Partnership funded conservation lands are organized into twelve Conservation Project Areas. Each Conservation Project Area has two maps: Public Access & Use and Hunting. Go to the appropriate Conservation Project Area page to access maps.

Please note that the maps contain Public Access and Hunting information for only Partnership funded lands. Other conservation lands are shown on the maps, but hunting and public access information is not provided for these properties. To receive information regarding appropriate Public Access and Hunting on other conservation lands, please contact the landowner. For any Partnership funded conservation properties identified as requiring “Discretion of Landowner” for Public Access or Hunting the landowner must be contacted and grant permission prior to entering the property. Land ownership information for both Partnership funded conservation lands and other conservation lands may be obtained through the municipal offices and records.

Specific notes are provided on the maps if hunting is restricted to a certain use, such as waterfowl hunting only. There are also notations for properties that have access limitations, such as water access only. Please be respectful of these conditions. Partnership conservation lands that have a designated parking area (“P”) and designated pedestrian trail and parking (“T”) are identified on the maps. Unless specifically identified (“P” and “T”) there is no designated Parking Areas, Trails or Trailheads with Parking for the Partnership funded conservation lands.

Public Access and Use Map: Categories of Use

  • Pedestrian Public Access Allowed. Allowable Pedestrian Public Access Uses:
    • Hiking
    • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Pedestrian Public Access at Discretion of Landowner
  • Pedestrian Public Access Not Allowed

Public Access Uses allowed only on designated properties:

  • Trapping (on certain lands, requires landowner permission)
  • Snowmobiling (on designated trails only)
  • Geocache Placement (requires landowner permission)

Hunting Map Categories of Use:

  • Hunting Allowed
  • Hunting at Discretion of Landowner
  • Hunting Not Allowed

Public Access Considerations for all Partnership funded conservation lands:

  • No motorized vehicles including All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), except snowmobiles on designated snowmobile trails.
  • If there is an existing trail system on a conservation property, please remain on the trail in order to minimize ecological impacts.
  • Keep all dogs on a leash: Respect wildlife and others using the trails.
  • Carry in / Carry Out Trash

Information for Safe Hiking and Outdoor Recreational Activities: