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Howard Swain Memorial Forest

Pet-friendly Howard Swain Memorial Forest in Deerfield, NH, welcomes you and your pup to enjoy the trails on this 89-acre property which features rugged forests and rocky soil. Please clean up after your pets, and keep dogs leashed at all times or under voice control. Visit Website


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Howard Swain Memorial Forest has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 1 canine critic on BringFido.

  • B
    Sep 7, 2022
    Decent spot to let them romp

    Conservation land. I'd give this a three and a half but there's no halfsies, so I rounded up to a four. I don't want to be harsh, but was trying to be realistic if you consider the Wonders of the World as a five.

    The trails were pretty short - a quick .6 miles or so (I think). This is a leisurely walk in nice peaceful spot in a mature forest area thick with trees. There's one spot at the pond where you can see across to Rocky Ridge, but that's about it for views. The pond has many lily pads. Despite significant and extensive rain the day before, it was damp but I wouldn't say muddy. There were a FEW plants that could be trimmed back, but not many. I'd recommend long pants. Given the lack of dog parks in the area, this was a decent place to let the dog have a few minutes to romp down the trail. Shaded due to forest environment. I imagine you might sight some wildlife. No restroom or drinking water on site. Parking for about three cars or so. What I would like to see is for SELT to put up laminated paper signs at a couple of spots on the trail to provide history of the place. For example, is there an old quarry on the quarry trail? Tell us about it. I couldn't identify a quarry site; however, there were rocks around. If there was a quarry here, it must be super old - maybe from the 1800s (?). Also, it sounds like there might be or is going to be a path to Rocky Ridge, but I didn't see an obvious path there and didn't try to keep going. Free, but please consider a donation. Many thanks to the donors (the Swains) and conservators (SELT).

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