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                  Powwow River Woodlands


Location: Trailhead & Parking on Jewell Street, South Hampton. Approximately 0.4 miles from Town Hall.  Parking on the right hand side of Jewell Street as you head towards Amesbury.  If you cross the river and/or hit Whitehall Road you’ve gone too far.  

More about the Property:
  The Powwow River Woodlands feature a lovely 7.3-acre forest with shoreline along the Powwow River. Benches are located on the river bank.  The 0.2-mile trail makes a short loop from the parking area on Jewell Street to the river and back. Paddlers can walk their canoes or kayaks on the path to launch their boats and enjoy a tour of the slow moving, meandering river.  Downriver, it becomes Lake Gardner, a popular kayaking and  swimming destination for local residents. Upstream, the river turns south into  Massachusetts where it flows through the 370-acre Woodsom Farm, then  passes through dense hardwood thickets and an Atlantic white cedar swamp as it turns north back into New Hampshire. This stretch of the river can only be traversed during high water by canoe or kayak. The river once served as a power source for successive Jewell Family members beginning in 1687 when Thomas Jewell settled here. At one time, a grist mill, fulling mill, bog iron works and more than one sawmill were located nearby in the historic Jewell Town District.  Sisters Priscilla Coffin and Susan True inherited the land from their mother and donated it to the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) to honor their parents Jack & Priscilla Coffin. The Town of South Hampton provided funding from the Conservation Fund to pay the transaction costs and the long-term management of this land and holds deed restrictions ensuring it remains open space.  The Woodlands are located within a relatively large, unfragmented block of land here in South Hampton including Cowdin State Forest, the 35-acre Halberstadt conservation easement and land owned by the Howfirma Trust, as well as extensive conserved lands in Amesbury that include the Woodsom Farm, the Capp/Halberstadt Greenbelt, and public water supply properties. The land is owned and managed by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, subject to restrictions held by the Town of South Hampton.


More information on the watershed can be found  https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource006146_Rep8816.pdf