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Explore The Woods, Wetlands, and Wild Places in East Hanover

“Winter is a great time to visit a wetland,” says Jeanie McIntyre, president of the Upper Valley Land Trust. “With the ground frozen hard, shrubby vegetation clear of leaves, and black flies and mosquitoes long gone, it is possible to access places that are daunting in any other season. The ice of a beaver pond or bog offers a vantage point otherwise impossible—it’s like seeing a place ‘from the inside out.’”

And there’s a lot to see. Fisher, coyote, bobcat, and rabbit tracks; beaver lodges and dams; otter slides; patterns of windblown snow; open winter sky; stone walls and big old trees.


Go Exploring!

Get outside and enjoy trails and open space this winter

UVLT has many trails and conservation areas that are ideal for snowshoeing, skiing, or winter hiking and are within a short distance of Hanover. Get outside and check them out for yourself!

The Dismal at Pressey Brook

238 acres of wetlands and forest on Goose Pond Road in East Hanover. Trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Owned and managed by UVLT.

Brookmead Conservation Area

352 acres of fields and upland forest on Turnpike Road in Norwich, VT. Five miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Some trails groomed in the winter. Connection to Parcel Five trails. Owned and managed by UVLT.

Cossingham Farm Trails

118-acre farm in private ownership with 4.8 miles of public trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Limited parking on Cossingham Road.

Lyme Pinnacle

220 acres of fields and forest in Lyme. Privately owned but managed by UVLT with public access on the trails. 360-degree views. Access from Highbridge Road parking lot. 4.5 miles of trail, great for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing.

Lyme Hill

237 acres of forest, field, and wetland off Route 10 in Lyme, NH. Great for hiking and snowshoeing. Owned and managed by the Upper Valley Land Trust.

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Story and photos courtesy of Upper Valley Land Trust

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