COVID-19 Update:


Distant Hill Nature Trail is still open daily,

free of charge, with a newly expanded parking area.

Dogs are welcome on leash.


There will be no Open Garden Weekends in May or June.

All workshops and talks scheduled for May or June have also been cancelled.

We will reassess the situation for July.

Click Here to 'View Our Calendar of Events' for updates. 

Make a tax deductible

 no-fee donation using the 'PayPal Giving Fund'


All funds go to the 

 Distant Hill Accessible Trail Fund 

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 consist of one-hundred and twenty-eight acres of biodiverse 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 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.

If you have any questions or comments

please feel free to Contact Us.