Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


College Woods: Old-Growth Forest



Description:  Old-growth pine and hemlock trees can be found amongst a larger forest of younger hardwoods, in a University-owned Natural Area called College Woods. The devastating 1938 hurricane blew many of the older trees down, but some of the remaining pines here are over 300 years old. The primary natural community type is hemlock - beech - oak - pine forest, with smaller pockets of hemlock - white pine forest and various wetland communities within.


Directions: At the UNH campus in Durham, start at Pettee Hall. Walk down Colovos Road and under the railroad trestle. Go left and walk along the road until you reach a fork. There is a path off the road to the right (behind the center field fence). This is the beginning of College Woods. A wooden kiosk sign marks the trailhead.

Visitor Information and Parking for the UNH campus is available off of Mast Rd on the north side of campus.

Landowner: University of New Hampshire (site managed by the UNH Office of Woodlands and Natural Areas) 

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Afternoon walk in College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Trailhead for College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Trail into College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Trail at College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Natural Area sign (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Hemlock - beech - oak - pine forest at College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Along the trail at College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Old Tsuga canadensis (hemlock) trees at College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Lilium philadelphicum (wood lily) on the trail in to College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) College Woods trail sign (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

An exemplary herbaceous seepage marsh community at College Woods (not visible from the trail) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Footbridge over the Oyster River at College Woods (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Link:   http://www.unh.edu/ipcg-conference/CollegeWoods.html


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