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Great Boar's Head
Hampton, NH


Photo courtesy of SeacoastNH.com Early Images.

To geologists Great Boar's Head is a lenticular moraine or drumlin. In other words, this natural rise above the beach at Hampton is something a glacier left behind, perhaps one million years ago. Some of the rocks above the head, research indicates, may have traveled 60 miles aboard the glacier. Local historians once thought this was the site of a Viking grave (see separate listing), but that theory is unfounded. John Greenleaf Whittier tented on the beach near Boar’s Head in the 19th century and anticipated the massive rise in tourism that would follow, as visitors came to experience the majesty of the sea and such natural wonder. Today the site is clustered with summer homes.

HOURS: 24-7
ADMISSION: Free to see
ADDRESS: Hampton, NH 03802
DIRECTIONS: Visible from Hampton Beach and North Beach
LINKS: Whittier's Poem, Boar's Head History,