Hackett Pond

80 Hacketts Pond Dr, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

Town of Hanover: 781-826-5000

Owned By: Town of Hanover

Hanover’s Hackett Pond is a small pond in a neighborhood setting, suitable for fishing and seasonal ice skating.


In earlier times, North Hanover was an agricultural village focused on farming. Ice was harvested from Hackett Pond and stored in an adjacent ice house.

This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag and the Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett share information on their websites.

Trail Description

There is about 1/10 mile of trail across the dam and along one edge of the pond. Please be respectful of private property nearby!

Habitats and Wildlife

This manmade pond is surrounded by maple trees, grass and shrubs. A concrete platform makes it easy to observe the dam that holds the pond in place.

Longwater Brook and two additional streams flow together at this spot. A dam holds the pond in place. Farther below the dam, Longwater Brook flows into the Drinkwater River. The Drinkwater River and French’s Stream flow together to form the Indian Head River. All of this takes place in Hanover.

The Indian Head River forms the boundary between Hanover and Hanson, and merges with Pembroke’s Herring Brook, a short distance downstream of Ludden’s Ford Park, to form the North River at a spot called The Crotch. The North River flows 12 miles through Pembroke, Hanover, Norwell, Marshfield and Scituate, eventually making its way to Massachusetts Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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80 Hacketts Pond Dr, Hanover, MA 02339, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking on Hackett's Pond Drive.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Longwater Brook (North River watershed)

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