With the gently flowing Connecticut River on the western edge of town, hiking trails running to the 2,100-foot peak of Moose Mountain to the east and Hanover Country Club, Occom Pond and Storrs Pond between, Hanover has everything for an active and healthy lifestyle. For water sports, the Ledyard Canoe Club rents canoes and kayaks and offers instruction at reasonable rates. You can even reserve the Titcomb Cabin on Gilman Island for an overnight adventure and easy paddle from town, or you can fly fish for native trout at Mink Brook or fish for bass on Goose Pond.
After its renovation, the par-71 public course at the Hanover Country Club measures almost 6,500 yards. Tennis and swimming enthusiasts are right at home at Storrs Pond, which features picnicking and secluded camping sites. Horseback riders of all ages enjoy Dartmouth’s Morton Farm, where college students and community members ride and board horses. Additional area golf courses, campgrounds, swimming and fishing holes are easy to find and accessible to all.
With the Appalachian Trail passing through Norwich and crossing the Connecticut River in Hanover before heading through town before ducking back into the woods, it’s not unusual for a family out for a short walk to find themselves chatting with “thru hikers,” heading from Georgia to Maine. Come winter, the Dartmouth Cross-Country Ski Center offers more than 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails at Hanover Country Club and adjacent to Storrs Pond, where the Oak Hill area hosted the NCAA Championships, with rentals and memberships available. Skiers flock to the Dartmouth Skiway, a true family area with a new lodge but an old-time feel featuring downhill skiing and snow boarding. Many of the top ski areas in New England are within an easy drive.
The whole family will enjoy sledding at Hanover Country Club, skating on Occom Pond or throwing a frisbee or playing tennis at Norwich’s Huntley Meadows. Campion Rink and Thompson Arena offer open skating and ice hockey.
Fitness enthusiasts can take out memberships at the River Valley Club just over the town line in Lebanon or at Dartmouth’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center.
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Hanover Improvement Society