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Parking is available with access to Hemlock Trail at Hemlock Road. Parking is also available with access to Grasse Road Trail at the intersection of Grasse Road and Trescott Road.


For more information on Balch Hill, please visit www.hanoverconservancy.org/lands/balch-hill

Balch Hill provides easy terrain with moderate inclines and walking routes to the summit range from 0.3-1.0 miles.  Balch Hill features diverse natural communities including the abandoned pasture at the summit and forested communities on the Hill’s slopes including pines, hardwoods, and hemlocks. The summit has views of Moose Mountain, Mount Ascutney, and Gile Mountain.

Other Information

In partnership with the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College, the Conservancy 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 the trail map for detailed information about trail locations and details about which trailheads include parking.

Trail Manager

Visit Hanover Conservancy online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Hanover Conservancy
71 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 643-3433


cdragiff July 09, 2015, 3:11 pm EDT

Courtney Dragiff

To address erosion & drainage problems, the lower section of the popular Grasse Road trail is being rerouted in July 2015. Keep an eye out for signs directing you to the new trail section, and enjoy the new spur trail to the lower summit!

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Nearby Geocaches


Check for nearby geocaches to Balch Hill Natural Area Trails.

Leave No Trace Principle

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.