Welcome to Distant Hill Gardens and Distant Hill Nature Trail

An Environmental and Horticultural Learning Center

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."  Rachel Carson

Inspiring Visitors to Landscape with a Purpose

Distant Hill Gardens and Distant Hill Nature Trail encompass fifty-eight acres of forest, fields, and wetlands straddling the town-line separating Walpole and Alstead. You will find us in the hills, five miles east of downtown Walpole, New Hampshire.


Distant Hill is an environmental and horticultural learning center dedicated to inspiring and empowering children and adults to cultivate an intimate connection to the natural world through education and observation. We hope to inspire visitors to develop an ecological approach to working their land and to give them the tools to improve their landscape one plant at a time.


Or goal is to have visitors to Distant Hill leave with a better understanding of the vital connections between plants, animals, and humans, and how we can use Earth’s resources in a way that strengthens and sustains those connections.

Distant Hill Nature Trail is Open Daily

Distant Hill Nature Trail is a new addition to Distant Hill Gardens. It is a  mile-long network of wheelchair and stroller accessible gravel trails that wind through the 21 acres of Distant Hill that is located in Alstead, NH. While Distant Hill Gardens is only open to the public on select weekends from May through October, for private tours, visits by appointment, and for special events and educational workshops, Distant Hill Nature Trail is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. Learn More...


The cultivated gardens, all of the stonework including the stone circle, the many buildings, and the substantial trail system were designed, built and are maintained by Michael and Kathy (Kate) Nerrie. In addition, many of the whimsical metal sculptures found throughout the gardens were created by Michael.

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