2 Indian Head Dr, Hanover, MA 02339, USA
Owned By: Town of Hanover
A combination of state and local agencies own 50 acres of conservation land here along the Indian Head River. Long ago, the North River-built steamship Mattakeesett delivered iron ingots to the Hanover forges. It would travel upstream all the way to Chapman’s Landing, the westernmost shipping point on the river. The property now features two miles of intersecting trails.
The section of the Indian Head River between Chapman’s Landing and Luddam’s Ford is a popular spot for shad fishing.
Adjacent to this site is the Hanover Public Launch, an ideal place to launch your canoe or kayak to access the Indian Head River, the North River, Herring Brook, and freshwater tidal marsh that surrounds The Crotch.
In centuries past, Chapman's Landing was popular spot for swimming, until the industrial refuse from the Clapp Rubber Mill upstream (1873+) made swimming extremely unappealing.
Iron Mine Brook flows into the Indian Head River at this spot. It rises in Randall's Swamp in Hanover, and flows through the town conservation lands off Broadway (Folly Hill/Bog Iron Trails). There are several opportunities to view, and cross, the brook within this property.
From the trailhead near the parking area, the Iron Mine Brook Trail heads through the woods, crossing the brook twice, and also crossing Riverside Drive. At the edge of the property it intersects with the old railroad bed and eventually loops back around. You can return the way you came, or veer off to the left, to access the Chapman's Landing Trails.
Chapman's Landing also has a trailhead near the parking area. There are several intersecting paths that loop through woods and wetlands, with views of the Indian Head River, the North River, and the freshwater tidal marsh that surrounds them. This property borders Hanover Water Protection land. Please respect the signage and fencing that demarcates it.
Habitats and Wildlife
Look for high bush blueberry in the woods.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: No
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking at the end of Indian Head Drive.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes