Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Hike Distance/Time: Main Trail is about 1 mile/45 mins
Extensions are about .75 mi total / total time unknown
Hike Difficulty: Easy
This is one of my favorite natural spots, for two reasons. The first is that it’s literally in my backyard (I’m a little biased on ease of access, so sue me!) and second, because it’s one of the most beautiful natural areas in the town(s). It’s well worth a walk through year round.
Willand Pond is 64 acres in size and sits in both Somersworth and Dover, NH. The trail around the pond is about a mile long, and there are great little spots to stop along the way. You’ll find a bench at the half mile mark to sit and take in the view. You’ll find a picnic area along the way to have lunch and take in the view. You’ll find endurance course equipment along the main path for exercising. Near the Somersworth entrance, there sits an old bandstand structure. All in all, it’s a pretty neat place to enjoy. As you can see from the photos above, there’s a lot of wildlife to be found here as well. There are usually geese, ducks, herons, turtle, and frogs to be found in the vicinity.
This place is amazing and I can’t say much more than that about it. To find the Dover entrance, follow Rt 108; the entrance is across from the Strafford Farms Restaurant. To find the Somersworth entrance, take Rt 108 to High St and take a left at the traffic light near Market Basket. Follow the road straight back and you’ll find the parking lot.
Have fun and be safe!