Fort Rock is the commonly known name for two separate Town Forests, the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest in Exeter and the Oaklands Town Forest in Newfields. They are separated by Route 101. Joining them together is a large metal culvert that runs under the highway.
The Henderson-Swasey Town Forest is a 220-acre area of conservation lands managed by the Exeter Conservation commission. The area has a well established trail system. Trails vary from .50 miles to 1.75 miles. Leashed dogs are welcomed.
The Oaklands Town Forest is a 230 acre area managed by the Exeter Area Conservation Commission. The area has a well established trail system. The Red Loop is 5.1 miles. The loop is easy to moderate difficulty. Leashed dogs are welcomed.
Phillips Exeter Academy has a significant trail system on their campus. The Academy woods is a great resource for the faculty, staff and students of the Academy as well as the Exeter community. The trails range from .45 miles to 2.37 miles. Dogs on leash are allowed.
Head over to Stratham for hiking in Stratham Hill Park. The park is open from dawn to 9pm. One of the best views of Great Bay can be seen from the Fire Tower at the top of Stratham Hill. The trails are well marked and dogs are allowed on leash.