Hiking

Denham Pond Park

84 Circuit St, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

Owned By: Town of Hanover

Hanover Conservation owns this property off Circuit Street. It contains 1.2 miles of marked, intersection loop trails through the woods, plus a pond, a vernal pool, and a field.

Features

This parcel was purchased with CPA funds in 2011. A former well-managed forestry parcel, it contains an easy wood-road trail through wooded uplands, and mostly dry footpaths through wetland areas. There are two vernal pools on the east side of the property. Denham Pond, a small dammed pond located at the entrance to the property, has been well loved by generations of neighborhood children for summer fishing and winter skating. A vintage street lamp, long-since disconnected, still recalls nighttime skating parties encouraged by the generous former owner, Kenneth Denham.

Trail Description

There are two main trails, marked with green and red blazes. Some sections of the trail are steep. Altogether the trail network is about 1.2 miles.

Habitats and Wildlife

A cold brook winds through the property, with a boardwalk crossing over it. The property also contains a vernal pool. Vernal pools serve as an important breeding ground and are home to a number of amphibians and invertebrate animals. Also known as ephemeral pools, autumnal pools, and temporary woodland ponds, these natural sites fill with water in the fall or winter due to rain and rising groundwater. They stay ponded through the spring and into summer, but tend to dry completely by the middle or end of the summer. This occasional drying prevents fish from permanently populating the pools, allowing amphibians and invertebrate species to reproduce without being targeted by fish predators.

Fauna to be seen at Denham Pond include spotted and bed backed salamanders, wood frogs, white tailed deer, wild turkey, and red squirrel. Notable flora include mature white pine and eastern hemlock stands, red cedar, red oak, and the occasional yellow birch. 

84 Circuit St, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 20 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium

Facilities: No.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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