Powder Major's Forest

About the Property

Powder Major's Forest was acquired by the Forest Society in 2017. The highlights of the property include frontage along the Oyster River, a beaver pond complex along Dube Brook, and an extensive recreational trail network.

These lands were once the home of Revolutionary War hero Major John Demeritt, aka “The Powder Major.” Major Demeritt was celebrated for his role in a raid on the British Fort William and Mary (now called Fort Constitution) in Portsmouth Harbor. He is credited for hiding the stolen gunpowder on his Madbury farm and then transporting it to the Continental Army fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill at the outset of the American Revolution. 

Since then, subsequent generations of the Demeritt family and then the Goss family lived on and farmed the Powder Major's land.  

The trails of this reservation are easy to moderate. An outer loop trail marked with yellow blazes (2.4 miles) runs through several wetlands and includes a spur trail (unmarked) in the far northwest that reaches the beaver complex. 

Three other trails marked with blue, green (coming soon) or orange (coming soon) blazes all provide hikers the opportunity to shorten the 2.4-mile outer loop.  Some areas may be very wet. 

The Forest Society will be working over the next few years to make improvements to the trail system that should include some treadway hardening, new bridges, a more defined and clear trail system, and a new parking and access area along Cherry Lane.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

 

 

Madbury/Lee/Durham

193 acres

Directions

You can access the Powder Major's Forest

from Tibbetts Field, 25 Lee Rd., Madbury, NH, 03823. The playing fields and parking lot are owned by the Town of Madbury. From the far end of the parking lot, follow the path to the back corner of the playing field. As you enter the woods, you'll pass over a patch of private land, used by generous permission of the landowner, before entering the extensive trail system on the property.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Dog-walking
  • Family-oriented
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing

Amenities

Restrictions

  • No Motorized wheeled vehicles (ATVs, trucks, dirt bikes)
  • No Camping
  • No Fires
  • Carry in, Carry out all trash
  • Do not disturb plants, animals, or cultural features
  • No alcohol, smoking, or drugs permitted.

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