23 Virginia Dr, Hanover, MA 02339, USA
Owned By: Town of Hanover
More than a mile of trail through woods and wetlands in North Hanover.
The bridges along the Shingle Mill Brook trail were constructed by Eagle Scout Alex Jasie c. 2019. In the damp sections of the property, look for bottle dumps — areas where discarded household goods from long ago were probably buried, but are now emerging from the earth.
The trails in this property are relatively new. At times, you may need to pay careful attention in order to follow them. Follow the green blazes into the property. The trail is well-marked until you reach the first of two beech groves. There is also a second, less-developed trail marked with yellow tape, which seems to begin at the first beech grove. We anticipate additional trail improvements in the future.
There are two bridges, each crossing a section of Shingle Mill Brook, as well as a zig-zagging section of rudimentary boardwalk that traverses wetlands. Various spur trails deep into the property lead to private homes.
Habitats and Wildlife
The forest at the Shingle Mill Brook Conservation Area is comprised primarily of oak, beech, maple and pine, as well as holly and hemlock. Fern, greenbrier, and sweet pepper bush are abundant. The property contains two drumlin hills, created by glacial activity long ago. One of these drumlins is believed to be the highest point in Hanover. In the dense underbrush, you may spot a deer!
Shingle Mill Brook is a tributary to Longwater Brook, which later 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 joins with Herring Brook on the Hanover/Hanson/Pembroke line to form the North River, which flows through Hanover, Pembroke, Norwell, Marshfield and Scituate to its outlet at the Atlantic Ocean between Third and Fourth Cliffs, near Humarock.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 10 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk.
Parking: Park on Virginia Drive.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes