Mascoma Lake, Goose Pond and Crystal Lake and Canaan Street Lake are all in the area. Each is very scenic and only a short drive from Hanover and Lebanon, NH. There are numerous summer activities with public boat launches, fishing, swimming at the town beach and the Shaker Village and Museum on the lake shore. The lake is even used in the winter for ice fishing. Grafton Pond boast the picturesque islands and calling loons.
The Connecticut River Upper valley
You may share the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley not only with canoeists and kayakers but also with the Dartmouth College crew team. Boaters with an eye for beauty can appreciate the foresight of Dartmouth alumni who purchased and preserved the Pine Park area just north of the college’s boat house.
The Ledyard bridge, which carries the Appalachian Trail – and other traffic – between Hanover and Norwich, is the fifth bridge on this site, replacing a series of covered and later concrete bridges.
There is a 1000′ no-wake zone upstream from the Ledyard Bridge. Keep an eye out for swimmers.
Canoe and Kayak Waterways:
Location: Route 4 Bridge in Canaan at the designated Fish & Game Parking Area.
Description: Calm water that one can head either upstream or downstream.
Length: Upstream is about 4 or 5 miles to the next bridge where the river soon becomes un-navigable. Downstream to Baltic Mill is about 2 miles.
Description: A nice diversified landscape. Quiet waters with deep reflections mirror the closed canopy of maples, firs and hemlocks that line the shore. Then the channel passes through vast and open wetlands becoming lake like. Good for viewing wetland wildlife and birds.
Location: Route 4-A and Bog Road.
Description: Pond kayaking, then a mile or more of navigating upstream on the serpentine Little Brook.
Length: About 2 miles or an hour one way until the culverts on Bog Road. One can portage this road and continue if desired.
Features: Beautiful views of the Shaker Mountain Range. It is especially scenic in the fall with the coloration of the swamp maples. Lots of wetland wildlife, including Blue Herons, Ducks, otters, beaver. Wild cranberries are abundant.
Danbury Bog Wildlife Management Area
Danbury Bog is an open marsh with emergent vegetation and forested/shrub edges providing excellent nesting habitat for waterfowl. The Department owns only 21.3 acres; 225 acres are privately owned and leased by the Department to maintain the habitat. A small manmade water control structure enables the Department to maintain water levels in the marsh.
Hiking in the area is all around us. The White Mountains with the highest peak in the east, Mount Washington, are close enough for day trips and right in the community is Cardigan Mountain at 3,121 feet and has an exposed granite summit affording 360 degree views. This is a fun day-hike for the entire family.
These are just a sample of the many fun and interesting things to do in the area. We would like to tell you even more about the attractions and activities of the Enfield, Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire and the villages and areas that are close by. More hiking trails are:
|Colette and Bicknell Brook Trails:Location: Trailhead on Grafton Pond Road and Boys Camp Road.Description: A gentle, easy trail that follows Bicknell Brook and ends at a point overlooking Crystal Lake.Length: From the trailhead at Grafton Pond Road to Crystal Lake is about 3 miles.Features: Waterfalls, marshes, beaver dams, Crystal Lake
Location: Bog Road
Description: A moderate steep hike to a mountain pond.
Length: About 1 mile
Features: Excellent swimming
Northern Rail Trail
Location: Trail goes through Enfield and can be accessed at Shaker Bridge Landing Park, and Main Street Public Parking Lot, downtown Enfield.
Description: Old railroad bed converted into a multiuse trail, with gentle grades and generously wide.
Length: About 3 miles through Enfield, but connects at west end to Lebanon and at the east end to Canaan and beyond.
Features: All seasons trail with multiple uses, such as walking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Trail hugs the eastern shore of Mascoma Lake giving beautiful views of the Shaker Mountain Range. Trail passes through a rock outcrop that was blasted by the railroad company. The eastern end of the trail passes along side of the Mascoma River, the Baltic Mill, and then onto some wetlands of the river.
Shaker Mountain Trails:
Location: Route 4-A, just opposite from the Shaker Museum.
Description: Several miles of trails through the forest owned by NH State Fish & Game. Formal hiking trails with signage are still in process of being completed.
Length: Many different options for length. The longest loop is about 4 miles. The trail system is still a work in progress.
Features: Scenic easterly views from top of hay fields. Trails are good for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The nation’s ninth oldest college and a member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth is a private, four-year, liberal arts, coeducational college with schools of business, engineering and medicine as well as 18 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Its 200-acre main campus features state-of-the-art academic facilities in Downtown Hanover, New Hampshire.
College sports are well established at Dartmouth College. There are great arenas for Hockey and Football where fans from Enfield and Lebanon and beyond can cheer on the Big Green.
This is a natural gorge with the Ottauquechee River flowing though it. It is a natural scenic area halfway between Hanover, New Hampshire and Woodstock, Vermont. It is a nice place to stop as you travel to the very scenic town of Woodstock. Some have called Woodstock one of America’s prettiest villages.
Right in the area around the gorge is the Quechee Gorge Village (www.quecheegorge.com), a great place to pick up native Vermont products, the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms (www.quecheeinn.com) with 18 km of hiking trails and snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the winter and the VINS Raptor Center (www.vinsweb.org) (noted above).
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
The Raptor Center at VINS is one of the best in North America. This Raptor Center is located in Quechee, Vermont, right next to the Quechee Gorge and near Hanover, NH. There are nature trails and a great shop so that you may purchase educational materials to bring the experience back home with you.
The Montshire Museum is great fun and educational for children as well as adults. The exhibits change often and many are hands-on. It is a super place to take the family for an afternoon.
The Montshire Museum is located right across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire.
There are some great ski areas within an easy drive from the Upper Valley. Killington, the largest ski area in the East, with 87 miles of trails on seven mountains has something for everyone and it is less than one hour away. There are others even closer. The area is a great place for your primary home or that second home get-away. Whaleback Mountain Ski Area, Storrs Hill Ski Area, Dartmouth Ski Area great places for family skiing.
There are many places to go white water kayaking in the area. A river close at hand is the Mascoma River. The river is a Class II-III but can sometimes feel like a Class IV in certain sections and at certain times.
We, at Moose Mountain Realty are not experts in White Water kayaking but we can help you get connected with those that are, including a world famous kayak paddles manufacturer in North Canaan, New Hampshire.
We will help make your home purchase experience be beyond what the norm is for real estate agents. Ask us about anything related to your purchase of real estate in the Hanover, Lebanon, Enfield, Grafton and Canaan New Hampshire areas.