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Located off Route 10 north of Kendal and south of Fullington Farm and Wilson's Landing.

Head north from Hanover for approximately 2.5 miles. Continue 400 yards north of the Chieftain Motel where you'll find a blue and white "Rinker Tract" sign on the east side of Route 10. Pull off onto the shoulder. Trailhead located next to sign.

Description

This hilly, heavily-wooded tract, owned by the Town of Hanover and conserved in 2010 by the Hanover Conservancy, offers some quaint trails including:

  • Brookside Trail that skirts the edge of Rinker Pond and heads gently uphill across a sideslope trail to reach a plateau that sits steeply above the pond
  • Quarry Loop that passes by a former granite quarry used to build the Dartmouth Outing Club building and the St. Denis Church
  • Hillside Trail which provides access to the top of a small promontory, a nice spot for picnicking.

Soils on these steep slopes are fragile and easily eroded – please stay on designated trails.

A new trail providing mountain bike access was built in the spring of 2012 by Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association, with permission by Hanover Conservation Commission, as part of a trail reroute plan to remove a trail off a steep hillside. This trail links access from Storrs Pond trails and to Oak Hill trail including Frankestein's Folly to Game Trail. Trails to Route 10 across the Rinker Steele property are for foot use only.

 

Other Information

The pond is fed by Camp Brook from Storrs Pond a few hundred feet to the east and drains into the Connecticut River. Canoes can be put in to the right of the entrance and the "Rinker Tract" signpost off Route 10.

Trail Manager

Visit Hanover Conservancy or Town of Hanover online for more information or contact:

Hanover Conservancy
71 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 643-3433
info@hanoverconservancy.org

Hanover Trails Committee
41 South Main Street
PO Box 483
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 643-0742
hanovertrails@gmail.com

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Leave No Trace Principle

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Make a small campsite, preferably where there is no vegetation.