Kingman Farm

Introduction

kingman farm photo

This picture was taken in June 1998 from Route 155 overlooking the Kingman Farm fields.

Kingman Farm is located on Route 155 in Madbury, New Hampshire. This property contains 334 acres, of which 234 is woodland, including a small portion of wetlands. There is an extensive trail system that runs throughout the property, which is ideal for mountain biking, hiking, or running. This land is also used for educational field experience for the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

History

The University of New Hampshire acquired the Kingman Farm in 1961, and they have consistently promoted preservation, sustainability, improvement, and recreation ever since. 

Present Uses

The woodlands on Kingman Farm are used extensively for educational and research purposes. Kingman Farm is home to several permanent Continuous Forest Inventory plots as well as a Marteloscope, a field training tool that allows forestry students to simulate stand growth and progression.

There are three older plantations at Kingman Farm of pitch pine, red spruce and white pine. In the spring of 2016, an American chestnut plantation was planted.

In 2019 an area was established as part of UNH’s ash reserve program, a project that intends to preserve ash trees from infestation by Emerald Ash Borer.

The primary recreational uses of the Kingman Farm are mountain biking, hiking, jogging and cross-country skiing. There are also periodic mountain bike race series, running and snowshoe races.

Directions

Take Madbury Road out of Durham. Take a left at the stop sign onto Rt and then a quick right onto Town Hall Road. You will see the Madbury Town Hall on your right; the trailhead is located at the rear of the Town Hall Parking Lot. Preferred parking is in the lot across the road from the Town Hall.

Please note that the access to Kingman Farm off of 155 has been closed. Research and Educational access to internal portions of the farm may be gained by contacting the Woodlands Office or Kingman/Woodman Farm manager.

APPROXIMATE LOCATION: N 43°10.333', W 70°56.307'