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From the Wheelock Street/Main Street intersection in Hanover, NH: Head south onto Main Street for 1.3 miles, passing by Maple Street and across Mink Brook to the Pine Knoll Cemetery. Turn right into the cemetery entrance and continue east (staying left at the fork) until you arrive at the Water Reclamation Facility (wastewater treatment facility) gate. Park to the right just outside the gate. Walk back along the access road to the west until you see the blue and white signs marking the South Esker Natural Area. Turn right to access the trail.

Another entrance to the trail also located at the end of Spencer Road (south of Pine Knoll Cemetery access).


Trails loop to bluffs above the Connecticut River passing through mature pine/hemlock and mixed hardwood forest. Moderate slopes. Main loop is marked with blue and white blazes; the intersecting trail is blazed in blue.

Other Information

Trail length doesn't include the walk from the parking area to the trailhead, an additional 0.07 miles.

Trail Manager

Visit Town of Hanover online for more information or contact:

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


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Nearby Geocaches


Check for nearby geocaches to South Esker Trail.

Leave No Trace Principle

Minimize Campfire Impacts

Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.