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Trails Directory by Town
Unless otherwise noted, trails are available for pedestrian uses only (hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing). Many of these trails cross privately owned, conserved land belonging to landowners who have generously granted public access. Please be respectful. If you don't find a trail you are looking for in this list, please try our new Trail Finder site.
Balch Hill Trails
various routes, 0.3 to 1 mile to summit — easy to moderate
The Balch Hill Natural Area includes several trail routes to the summit where you can take in the views of Moose Mountain, Mount Ascutney and Gile Mountain. Long a favorite site for bird watching, you’ll pass through diverse habitats of mixed hardwoods, pines and hemlock while you head uphill on easy to moderate terrain. Picnicking in the open hilltop pasture is always a great treat. The Hanover Conservancy, in partnership with the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College, manages 8 trails and the summit meadow on the Balch Hill property. Balch Hill has trails that provide access to the summit from every direction. Please see map for trail details.
Trailhead parking for:
- Hemlock Trail at Hemlock Road.
- Grasse Road Trail at the intersection of Grasse Rd. and Trescott Road.
Dartmouth Printing Loop
1.5 mile loop — easy
This walk is on entirely paved sidewalks and very easy. It begins and ends at the Dartmouth Printing Company, but can be started from anywhere on the loop. The loop travels toward downtown Hanover from Dartmouth Printing on the sidewalk along Lyme Road (Route 10). It then crosses Lyme Road and turns left onto Reservoir Road, before turning left again on Curtis Road. From there, it loops through different residential streets, before returning to Lyme Road via Dresden Road. Re-cross Lyme Road and turn right to return to Dartmouth Printing. Restrooms are available at Garipay Fields at the intersection of Lyme Road and Reservoir Road.
Greensboro Ridge Trail (AT connector trail)
moderate, rocky sections challenging
Within ten minutes of walking on this trail you will enjoy varied terrain including soft grass paths, wooded single track trails, and some more challenging footwork as the trail heads over bedrock outcroppings. The Hanover Conservancy acquired Greensboro Ridge Natural Area in 2008 in partnership with the Town of Hanover and its’ Trails Committee. The 112 acre property offers a breathtaking landscape as it climbs up the ridge and connects with the Appalachian Trail near Velvet Rocks. Use proper treaded footwear to prevent slipping on rocks and boulders.
Trailhead parking: From Greensboro Road turn onto Velvet Rock Drive. The trailhead and parking is at the end of Velvet Rocks Drive.
Mink Brook and the Tanzi Natural Area
0.6 mile out and back — easy
The Mink Brook Nature Preserve has been established on a 113 acre site located on both sides of Mink Brook, about one half mile south of downtown Hanover. The bulk of the property extends from the southern bank of the Brook to the Lebanon border, and is generally an upland forest composed of white pine and hemlock, with patches of hardwoods especially on the midlevel northwest facing slopes. The smaller portion of the property along the north bank of the Brook contains a well used path along a sewer line easement of the Town of Hanover connecting to the Tanzi Nature Preserve. Parking is available along Brook Road. Mink Brook Trails are owned and managed by the Hanover Conservancy. A detailed trails map of the area is available here. An easement held by the Upper Valley Land Trust in the Mink Brook Nature Preserve has allowed for the protection of the area’s scenic, natural and recreational values.
Oak Hill - Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center
8.5 miles Silver Fox trail; other ungroomed trails — variable
Trails were cleared on Oak Hill for downhill skiing in the 1930s, cross country trails were added in the 1960s, and track-setting began in 1984. Major trail improvements were made in preparation for the 2003 NCAA Championships held at Dartmouth College, resulting in an excellent system of trails. The focus of the trail system is the Silver Fox Trail, an 8.5 mile trail set regularly with skating and diagonal tracks. Please obey ONEWAY and DONOTENTER signs as posted (the Silver Fox Trail is intended to be skied clockwise). The trail has sections rated easy, moderate, and difficult.
Old Houses of Hanover Walk
2.7 miles — easy
This loop walk is all on paved sidewalks and very easy. It travels through the scenic streets of Hanover and passes many of the town’s oldest houses. The walk officially starts at the corner of West Wheelock Street and Main Street. Because the route is a loop, however, you can start and finish at any point. The route can be done daily and is easy to follow. Parking and restrooms are available in downtown Hanover. Just watch out for traffic when you cross the streets.
Pine Park Trail
1.7 mile loop — moderate
This loop walk is fairly easy with only a few climbs. It is on a dirt path that travels through pine and hemlock forests. The trail starts as a gravel golf cart path to the right of the clubhouse, at the end of Rope Ferry Road. After 40 yards, the trail turns east and descends to Girl Brook, which it then follows north and west to the banks of the Connecticut River. The trail is well maintained as it runs south along the river, and is relatively smooth, except for a few rocks and roots. As the trail turns away from the river, it begins to go up a long (0.2 mile) but not too steep hill, which crests as you come back out of the woods and onto the golf course. The path then leads back to the paved road just west of the clubhouse and starting point. This is a beautiful walk, close to downtown Hanover.
Ray School Loop
0.5 mile loop — moderate
This walk is on a mostly wooded trail that weaves from behind the Bernice A. Ray School on Reservoir Road into the Storrs Pond Recreation Area and then back to the school. The trail begins at the “No Dogs Allowed” sign at the far north end of the Ray School parking lot and leads away from the school, past two cabins and into the woods. Here, the trail momentarily becomes a little unclear, but if you continue on in your current direction, it will take you down a little hill, and curve to the right along a line of rocks, eventually joining the paved Storrs Pond Road. Turn right on the paved road and proceed through the parking lot past the tennis courts on your right. After the tennis courts, bear left, and on your right there is a trail leading up a very short but steep hill, directly behind a small basketball court. This trail will lead up a small hill and will finish near a playground to the rear of the Ray School. Restrooms are available at the school when it is open. Enjoy this rustic and convenient walk while you wait to pick up your children.
Slade Brook Trail
0.75 miles (River Rd. to Rte. 10) — easy
From Moose Mountain to its mouth at River Road on the Connecticut River, Slade Brook’s banks are undeveloped and graced by convenient hiking trails through varied forestland. The Hanover Conservancy’s conservation of the 36 acre Jim and Evalyn Hornig Natural Area at Lower Slade Brook, ensures a pristine environment for people to enjoy a quiet retreat next to Slade Brook and where the native flora and fauna can flourish. The wooded path follows the meandering brook up to a waterfall, one of the property’s notable features. Kiosk with trail maps at trailhead. Please see map for trail details.
Trailhead parking: Limited parking available at River Road trailhead. Take River Road north from Route 10. The property is on the right hand side 0.6 miles from the intersection with Route 10.
Storrs Pond Ring Trail
1.8 miles — moderate
This walk is on wide, dirt trails with some short but fairly steep climbs. It starts on the dirt road across from the pool. A small footbridge near the pool’s snack shop will allow you access from the parking lot. Follow the dirt road away from the pool, and eventually it forks, with the Southside Trail heading up a small, chained-off (to prevent motor vehicle traffic) hill to the left, and the War Zone trail going off to the right. Each is rolling and has some steep climbs. The trails come together again and descend toward Storrs Pond. After crossing the dam, the trail goes over two more rolling hills and turns left into the woods, just before a large clearing. Go through the gate and enter the clearing, and follow the tree line to your left. Ahead, at the other end of the meadow, a trail will lead back into the trees, and down into a picnic area. From here, you can continue forward on the asphalt road leading back to the parking lot, or make a right just before the asphalt, to take the Printing Press Loop. This winds up one last hill before leading back to the parking lot.
Trails Maps of Hanover
various distances — easy to moderate
Hanover Conservation Commission Trails Committee trails maps of Hanover.